Re: Utility Articles...
There are OTCH competitors who use utility articles they made themselves, so don't feel bad if you use items you collect and/or make yourself!
I have two sets of utility articles, both double-bar (used with my GSD, my Aussie and my Chow). I've thought of selling one of the sets since it's unlikely I will ever compete in utility again (HOPE to, but life seems to be taking me in a different direction). I'll have to pull them out, clean them up and see if they're sale material.
Once the dogs learn scent discrimination, you can do so many fun things with it. I used to do a little show with my dogs and one of the things I did was tell people that my dog was psychic. I had made up a bunch of cards - aces and kings and queens - and put them on little stands so they stood upright for everyone to see. I'd put my dog on a stay with her back to the audience, have an audience member pick which card I would have the dog find, and then while I was holding that card I'd have someone put out all the other cards (on the floor). Then I'd have another audience member tell me where to put the card I'd been holding (and, of course, the only card scented by me!).
Then I'd tell the audience to really think hard of which card my dog was to find, and I'd send Kylee (a chow) out to find the card. As she dropped her nose to sniff each card, it appeared that she was looking at the card .. and when she'd pick up the correct card, the audience would go wild! It was so funny .. even adults were fooled at times.
I also did a quick trick where I had someone put a number of one dollar bills on the floor, and then I put a twenty dollar bill out and told everyone that my dog knew the difference between the one's and the twenty. Of course, she always brought the twenty to me!
There are lots of fun things you can do with scent discrimination!
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
Positive 1ST! More reward, less correction makes a GREAT trainer.
Chows: Khana CD RE SD & Dora NA NAJ GSD: Tazer SDIT
Total of 2UDs 3CDXs 12CDs 2REs 8AgilityTitles 1BH Chow!
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