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How would you teach your GSD to find your car's keys. I lost them a couple of times while on the beach (luckly I found them) and wished I had taught him that.
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I would start by making it a fetching game. Then put a word to it.
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I would start by making it a fetching game. Then put a word to it.
Thanks, but Not sure he will not chew them.... He know the search command for finding a ball/toy. I was thinking trying something with food, so he would be more calm. Ideas?
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I taught my dog to find my phone using Nosework as a basis for it. We had already done the classes, so I just used the phone as another odor.

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I taught my dog to find my phone using Nosework as a basis for it. We had already done the classes, so I just used the phone as another odor.
Wish I knew something about Nosework...
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Wish I knew something about Nosework...

Cliff note version (since your dog already knows a find it command).

Pair keys with food. Make hiding places way easy to start - like almost out in the open (Nosework starts by placing treats in open boxes in a small cluster in one area). Say find keys or similar. As dog is eating food that is paired with the keys, reward with more treats. Dog finishes the rewarded treats, add more. Always reward on the keys. Repeat a lot and then make hiding places harder. Eventually take away the food and go back to "hiding" keys in way easy places. Then go to making it harder. Eventually go to outside and new places as wind and elements provide new challenges make easier and then harder in each new place.

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My hubby hides my coffee before going to work. I taught my big boy to find it for me. He gets rewarded with a crunchy slice of apple. It is the only time he gets apple so it is a treat. I thought about teaching him to find my keys. They are usually in my back pocket so the key chain should have plenty of human scent on it. Still, I think I'd train using a "dumby" set of keys on the same type key chain out on the beach. I sure don't want to loose my real keys (which I have which is why I considered it in the first place).

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Cliff note version (since your dog already knows a find it command).

Pair keys with food. Make hiding places way easy to start - like almost out in the open (Nosework starts by placing treats in open boxes in a small cluster in one area). Say find keys or similar. As dog is eating food that is paired with the keys, reward with more treats. Dog finishes the rewarded treats, add more. Always reward on the keys. Repeat a lot and then make hiding places harder. Eventually take away the food and go back to "hiding" keys in way easy places. Then go to making it harder. Eventually go to outside and new places as wind and elements provide new challenges make easier and then harder in each new place.
Great thank you. I started yesterday doing exactly that, but you explained perfectly. I'm in the right path...
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Yes awhile back I did this with phones. I to was thinking to teach them to find keys in case I ever loose them out in a walk. A very useful skill to have!
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