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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Help with Field Work introduction Please

New breakthrough with Summer To make a long story short. I have been doing some different work with her. I don't know what you call it, but it's happening and I would appreciate any tips to enhance this new game.

I am throwing a ball when she can't see it or where it ends up, other than general direction that she only "hears" when it lands. The first 5 tries, I left her alone to scent it out, big atta girl and scratches for finding it and bringing it back to me.

Here's the awesome part, then she was off, I said "no" "back" and she searched deeper back. She looked to me for direction and I was able to guide her to the ball.

I believe I can easily teach her not only back, but with an arm movement, tell her to search left or right. She get's it!

I taught her "back" when she was young and this has always been done as backing up just a few feet (while begging for a treat). Tonight, she and I are working together as a team to find the ball yards away. I want to go far with this
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 11:57 AM
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That sounds like fun Stone! I can't offer any advice, I can't even get mine to look at a ball, much less find one, but it sounds like you two are doing great so far!
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Thanks. I think this could really be fun for us but I don't even know where to begin looking online for tips. Is this called "scent work"? or "field work"? or is it covered in basic beginning Search & Rescue training?

If anyone could help steer me in the right direction, I'd sure appreciate it
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 02:42 PM
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I saw a lab on some tv show that was being directed by hand signals to find an object.There is an actual competition for this training having to do with hunting dogs.Look for hunting dog clubs and events for more info?


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It's basic retriever training work. Lab hunting sites should have step by step.

You can also do a search for SAR "direction and control" training. Same concept except SAR uses a target for the dog to get up on.

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