It is K9 Kamp time again! This K9Kamp session is focused on backyard fitness fun. Our backyard is always fun and with all our racing and chasing on an average day, it is a place for our fitness for sure! Hopefully you won’t mind too much, but some of my fitness took place in the driveway. I figure a yard is a yard!
Of course, I am going to use nose work for my fitness tip. First off, I was doing a vehicle search of a wheelbarrow. This particular wheelbarrow had lots of good smells on it, so it was a good challenge.
We are also doing some exterior container searches. It kind of looks like a luggage explosion, and I’m sure our neighbors think Mom has lost her mind, but it is tricky and we need to practice this. Not only do we have the outside issues like wind, terrain, grass, dirt, etc, but the containers each play with an odor in their own way. This is for sure K9 Kamp in the backyard.
Yay! I found it! The tricky part is finding a system to make sure I check out all the containers one by one because in a competition, we may not know how many hides there are and we don’t know where they are located.
Our current class is called Nose Work Distractions. Things are starting to get real tricky with tasty smelling food hidden in our search area, or other big distractions. We need to learn to ignore these distractions and only look for Birch, Anise, or Clove. Other distractions are people, dogs, noise, weather, just about anything. To work on this our class is held in various locations with lots of different distractions. This week, we were at a super busy park with lots of baseball games, a puppet show, picnickers, a skate board park, walkers, bikers, and lots of wind. Our first search was in a pavillion with three hides. Below is a video of Bailie looking for one of the three which was located on the grill. Think of all the odors on a grill! All the food that was grilled, the smoke, the charcoal, the lingering greases, it is real tough to find one of our three odors there. See how Bailie works it. In the end, the hide was under the table on the right front corner.
Bailie is in the video and not me as we don’t have anyone to video us, so Mom had to choose one of my classmates moms that didn’t have her dog at the moment to shoot a video. We really need someone along just to film and take photos, but we don’t know of anyone right now. Look at how excited she is to get going…I am even more excited, so hopefully one week I can get a video of me for you all to watch.
One key to nose work is using a high value reward when we find a hide. Jones Natural Chews Lamb Lungs are healthy, all natural, made in the USA, high value treats that can be broken into small pieces. They can make finding a hide very rewarding. You can still enter to win Lamb Lung Puffs or Beef Trachea Rings here!