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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Traing to do a "job"

Hi! We are not novice owners, we have 3 dogs, the oldest is a fenale shepherd rottweiler mix, the next one is a 3.5 year old pure bred male gsd, the youngest is a 1 year old purebred gsd female. We previously had another male gsd cross prior to the youngest pup, he had to be put down at 7 due to hip dysplasia and pain/agression from pain. Anyway, just thouht I'd give a bit of background.

Our 1 year old pup is a good natured dog but she is most definitely higher energy. She is crate trained and has basic commands, however, I need to step it up and practice her training more frequently(not going to pretend I haven't slacked a bit with her in this regard).

She's very smart and very curious. She is both food and toy oriented. I've been wanting to learn how to teach her to track and am wondering what are some good places to start? Any favourite YouTube trainers to learn the basics from? Our local club is pretty pricey and I'm not interested in getting her a certificate, I just want to teach her to track as a hobby for me and a job for her. She seems to have her nose to the ground or up in the air, often searching for specific things she wants(her ball, an antler, tug rope etc).

I don't know if I'm being too ambitious with this, but thought it might be cool to delve into something different, any tips are appreciated 🙂
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What about Nosework classes... they seem to be fun and typically not expensive. A lot of exercises can be done indoors at home w/o much effort.

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Fenzi Dog Sports Acadamy offers tracking classes:


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Not to nit pick but tracking and trailing are actually two different things. Tracking is following footstep to footstep smelling broken bits of plants and moved dirt, etc, to find articles on the ground. Trailing is usually looking for someone and can include air scenting. Just playing around and having your dog search for things around the house, you can call it whatever you like . My dogs look for a mug of coffee most mornings. I started by rewarding the pup whenever they put their nose near the target odor. Then I rewarded them for going to the odor. If it is a favorite toy you can start naming the toys and asking your dog to find and bring specific ones.

this site looks interesting. A good place to start some research
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll check out both websites suggestes by commenters! I did check out nosework classes but the current schedule for them locally conflicts with my job unfortunately! Thanks for clarifying the difference between tracking and trailing as well, I'm a total novice at anything beyobd sit or stay lol.
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Thanks for the suggestions! , I'm a total novice at anything beyobd sit or stay lol.
indeed, we all started somewhere. I also have a lot to learn. Watching a dog do nosework is amazing.

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If you are interested in NW, you can start your girl hunting first for treats on your own. Start out by laying an easy trail of tiny treats. Then add distance between each and the last one slightly under a pillow. Once she gets the jist and get good make the distance and hiding spots incrementally more challenging then omit the trail and just hide the treats. My guess is she going to catch on fast and you'll be amazed with her and just how creative you can be.

Dh actually started this "find it" game with our boy and our old girl (rip) together. It progressed. We are now deeply imbedded with the NW sport but my favorite all time hide long before we started the sport was me climbing and hiding in a tree. I had no business doing that at my age but it was just too much fun to resist.

We didn't start the sport until a few years later. Have fun!
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A very funny and useful job that I taught my boy and it goes along well with the scent find it games. While on a walk if he poops and there isn't a trash can, I'll tuck it under a bush and on the way home as we get near it I tell him to find his poop bag. He does and he brings it to me. Hahaha. Actually his job is to minimize my need to bend down. It has been a godsend at times.
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You will love nose work and trailing! They have different kinds of tracking to. It all can be useful! I had my dog find my lost cat once. Our cat was missing for two- three days and hiding behind the wall in the house behind washing machine and dryer- in the middle of moving. He more then earned his meals for the year!
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Thanks for all the ideas and tips! I have to put my ideas on pause as it seems our pup may have a broken toe or toes. My husband was tossing fire wood and she decided to run in the way and a large hunk hit her foot pretty hard. This dog is so accident prone!
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