Another session of K9 Kamp hosted by Peggy’s Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love has come to an end. The challenge this session was to design your OWN version of K9 Kamp Doggy Hide and Seek. Make up a game that works for YOUR dog! For the next month, practice your challenge with your dog and then post photos, a video, or just your ‘diary’ on how Kamp went. Since Bailie and I are in Nose Work class I am using our latest Nose Work lessons for my K9 Kamp work.
Every class starts out with being kenneled. Nose Work is an individual sport, so we are always kenneled accept when it is our turn and we practice the same rules at home on our basement course. When we get to class (or in our basement) we put on our Nose Work uniforms (harnesses) and then go in our kennels to wait for our turn.
Remember that at class, no one peed on the floor, the wet spots are from wet shoes 🙂 Sometimes we run the course with our leashes and sometimes without. Either way, Mom is walking along with us and sometimes might need to guide us along a bit if we get stuck.
Then she had to find one with some obstacles…I call this a stretch long dog find! All the chairs and obstacles are to get us to be creative in how we get to a hide as well as to redirect scents in the air. This exercise was also working with Mom on leash control. She has to learn to just drop it in these situations to keep from getting all tangled.
Although Bailie and I are the same breed, we are each our own dog. Bailie has a much keener sense of smell than I do Mom says. We did some class videos last week of us each looking for the same hides. Notice that Bailie is pretty quick and to the point. Sometimes she is actually too fast. I take my time, check things out and eat my treats slowly too. We even worked the course in opposite directions. We both get the job done, just in a different manner. The third part of the video is me, with my Sony Action Cam, on our basement course. We have learned that we need to search the corners and walls of a room and not just the center, so these clips are from mainly corner searches. The first two parts of the video are unedited searches, my basement search had some parts cut out as I had many hides to find.
We still have one more lesson in Nose Work 1 (class got cancelled again because of a snowstorm) and class 2 starts next month when we will start working with odor. We are really excited to learn more and more about this fun sport! See if you have a Nose Work classes in your area! If you are in the Twin Cities, Active Dog Sports is a great place to take classes.