Last week was our last Nose Work Distractions class. My little pal, Brody, let us use his small vehicles for our class. Altogether we had seven miniature vehicles to use in our search. Remember, a vehicle can be anything that moves, not just a car. The first search was just a circle of the vehicles with three hides. We do nose work in our yard and neighborhood all the time, so the only distraction we had was the other classmates being at our house, but for them it was all new. We had planes flying over, cars going by, Katie was on the deck watching and barking, kids were playing in the yard next to our fence, and then all the new smells for the new dogs. [Read more…]
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! [Read more…]
I think I mentioned it before, but in case I didn’t, there are four areas of nose work searches: interior, container, exterior, and vehicle search. Last week we finished our third basic nose work class which started with exterior search and ended with vehicle search. For us dogs, all nose work is fun, but exterior and vehicle searches are the most fun of all. Being outside presents a hole new can of worms as far as difficulty with the wind and various surfaces. A vehicle search is searching the exterior of a vehicle, and a vehicle can be a car, truck, trailer, bicycle, anything for transport really. In competition, there can be one to five vehicles to search depending on your level.
Bailie and I are in the middle of our nose work three class which is exteriors and vehicles. Nose work involves four search areas, interiors, containers, exteriors, and vehicles. Switching from interior to exterior searches is like entering a new world, and a much more difficult, yet exciting world. The first two weeks we did some real easy searches outside the place we did interior nose work. We needed to learn to search outside, and to ignore all the outdoor distractions. Last week we went to the Stone Overlook at the Big Rivers Regional Trail to have class. This added a ton of variables including planes overhead, cars, tons of bicyclists, walkers, and dogs we did not know. [Read more…]
Bailie and I have our first ORT tests in just three weeks, so we are studying hard! ORT is for odor recognition test and this test will be a test for birch odor for both of us. Mom has never been to one of these test either so it is all new for us. Luckily, our teacher, Sharon, at Active Dog Sports Training is trying real hard to help us prepare. We completed Nose Work level 2 and start level 3 this week. We are excited as it will be outdoor and vehicle searches. At our last class, we were told how the ORT test works, how to prepare and did a couple test runs in class. [Read more…]
We are in a serious school mode at our house the past few months! As you know Bailie is in Obedience School. She finished level one and is now in level two. Hopefully she will pass that and move on to get her CGC. Bailie and I are in Nose Work 2, and last weekend Bailie took an intro to tracking class. Mom is really busy driving us around and helping us with all our homework! Today I wanted to tell you about what we are doing in Nose Work and then about Bailie and tracking. One other note…I keep forgetting to say a special thank you to Jodi at Heart Like A Dog. It was because of her posts about Nose Work quite a while ago that Mom started looking into the sport for us. We learn so much from our friends in Blogville, it is a wonderful community!