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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-28-2018, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Nosework sport vs IPO tracking

Has anyone here ever tried training for both IPO tracking and the sport of nosework? Either in the same period or in sequence? Anyone here familiar with nosework? I am familiar with IPO tracking and AKC tracking and I know that it is not recommended to do both at the same time but to do IPO first, then AKC. Anyone see any potential conflicts in training between IPO and the sport of nosework?
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I just finished a basic nosework course, and have entered a trial that will take place in July. I am also preparing my dog for her IP01. I don't see any reason why you can't do both!
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I actually did see some bleed over that affected my tracking.

We did scent detection for 2 years, both classes and trialing.

Then started back up with IPO. My dog decided that looking for the articles meant not having to keep her nose down or deep. At the flag I could see her scanning the immediate area for the articles with her nose then sorta just rushing the track. The article became more important than the actual track.

We worked it out but it was annoying.

Personally, I won't do that with my other dogs. I'll concentrate on one type of "nose activity" at a time.

We also did rally and obedience while doing IPO but had no issues since I didn't have two different expectations.
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As long as you teach IPO style first and use different commands, there shouldn't be an issue. I would not even attempt housework until the IPO tracking was super solid
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As long as you teach IPO style first and use different commands, there shouldn't be an issue. I would not even attempt housework until the IPO tracking was super solid
Yeah, I wouldn't either. I think the wife ends up picking up after me even if I'm not tracking, but I may borrow this excuse anyway. I'm generally one thing at a time too, but I do let my dogs hunt for things on a release just for fun. All the cues and setup are so different that I don't notice a conflict with that. Something else formal though, I probably wouldn't.

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I taught my first GSD nosework before I started IPO style tracking with him. In his case, starting nosework had zero impact on how he tracks. I use different equipment for each activity, and when we started tracking, I made sure he understood that he was to keep his nose to the track. He does really well with both activities. I taught my second GSD nosework after she had already learned IPO tracking. Again, I use different equipment for each activity. I have seen no problems with her tracking now that she also does nosework. I have never attempted to start both activities at the same time, and I don’t think I would. But once they have a good grasp on one, I see no problem starting the other.
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Yeah, I wouldn't either. I think the wife ends up picking up after me even if I'm not tracking, but I may borrow this excuse anyway. I'm generally one thing at a time too, but I do let my dogs hunt for things on a release just for fun. All the cues and setup are so different that I don't notice a conflict with that. Something else formal though, I probably wouldn't.
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Nah, no housework for me either until IPO tracking is solid. No nosework either.

If IPO is the goal, keep it at the forefront, and any other titles can happen after IPO. I'm sure it can be done, I just think IPO is challenging enough on its own, and is a young dog's sport for the most part, so get your titles and then dabble in other stuff.
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I used to think I was seeing more women training IPO then men because they were just better at it. This is a new angle I hadn't considered.
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Since I wasn't familiar with nosework, I just thought that housework was training nosework routines at home.
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