ever had that feeling....
That you are just there cause you can release the leash?
Have any of you ever had a K9 that blew your mind because he or she knows the game before you train it?
I have always called my area search(Lexi) my "hands off, God given dog" but at training Sunday she really blew me away. She is scent specific and we have done many exercises with subject id. We have even trained presenting 2 scent articles at the same time and having the K9's id the 2 sujects with decoys. One thing we have only trained once with was article searches. I do mean ONE TIME!!
Ok I told you that to tell you this....Sunday I took her out to perform a short search in a large unused clay pit. Interesting area due to air flow ect... anyway shortly into the search I note Lexi is scenting heavily an object on the ground. Since I have only trained once on articles and never thought she grasped it when we trained it I was about to tell her to get back to work when I was told on the radio that there were articles in this search. Moments later Lexi returned to me and alerted, returning to the object to sit beside it. It was the subjects glove. Not sure what to do, I took a page from my HRD training and praised and told her to "find more", same routine with the subjects other glove and jacket and then the subject herself at which point Lexi received her true reward (her ball) before it was praise and then "return to work". I mean it was beautiful, a perfect execution of an article and subject search. I wish I could say I earned it but....I have never trained it!!
I ask those of you who have a history of training dogs, have you ever had a dog who just seemed to "get it" with minimal training? I swear I have never seen this before, and maybe I never will, but "training" Lexi has been an amazing experience.
Don't get me wrong, Lexi is not a perfect dog, goodness knows her drive levels make me nuts at home. If she's not worked very frequently and exercised and mentally stimulated daily she can be neurotic, but when she is out in the field working....wow, I feel like I am along for the ride. I have even used her to train green handlers on technique because they just cant screw her up.
Anyone else ever handled a dog like this? My other dogs are good, my HRD dog is my heart dog, but I had to work so very hard to train them to their current levels and certifications, so I know its not my wonderful training techniques. This dog is just something special.
Sharon, Mom to
Lexi CGC (Cert. area search)
Neko CGC (Cert. HRD)
Justice CGC (trailing),
BOLO, Bloodhound CGC(trailing)
Titan, Shilo Shepherd (beginning area search)
Lil Bear and Izzy and Louie(Pom's)