I get that it gets much more complicated at higher levels. I was really impressed with the handlers and their dogs in the videos. When I said it was "pretty straightforward" I was definitely talking about just the first steps! ORT and NW1 tests. I can't see paying for classes for those. After only a week I'm pretty sure Nyx would easily pass the ORT, and I'm pretty confident that within a few more weeks she'll be ready for the NW1 trial. That being said, I have no clue how to teach some of the higher level skills, so classes for those would make good sense! And I'm looking forward to it! It is a lot of fun, and Nyx seems to really love it. I'm also pretty sure it's much easier to be cocky about it when there's no timer running LOL! I appreciate the info too, thanks!
I just put my second NW title on my first dog. Sheís not as fast as a lot of the GSDs Iíve seen but sheís good.
We have been taking classes for over two years. Iím a first time handler in the sport, and it was really important to me to learn all I could about putting a foundation on my dog, build her fundamental skills, and ensure that she understands the game and has good odor obedience. More than placements, I care about solid skill and accurate work. And I want my dog to feel confident and have fun.
Thatís before we even get into what the handler needs to learn. Iím nowhere close to as practiced as, say, GypsyGhost when it comes to handling skill and technique, and reading the dog Iím working. I had to learn my dog in a new way, and I had to practice reading her and practice trusting what she was telling me.
All of that requires practice. Many hours of practice. Even if Nyx is a Nosework prodigy, logging the pilot hours will only benefit you both. It will strengthen your bond and build both your skills and hers. It is very much in your best interest to step back, find the certified instructor, and go to class every week and take to heart what they have to say when they coach you.
This sport is so much fun, and I hope you and Nyx will be able to be successful!
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