K9 Nose Work is so stinking fun I can’t even tell you. 🙂
I’ve been getting all the dogs out and putting down the boxes for them to find the treat. In class with Levi, we’ve been putting the treats in even harder places, so last night at home I was doing that too. I got out a chair, and put a treat on the chair a little bit hidden so they would find it there. I put a treat on one of the drawer handles on the china cabinet. I put a treat on the xpen that is around the Christmas tree. So that they know that the treat isn’t always in a box, in fact it can be anywhere!
I even do it with Lucy. Right before I feed her, so that the treats will go down, pushed down with food. She loves it. I wish this sport had been around when she was younger, she would have done great. Now, at 12, I’m not sure she’ll be able to have the stamina. Plus her Meagesophagus would get in the way.
So here is a little video I took of Jet doing the searching yesterday evening.
He’s doing really well. Not sure if you can see him catching the scent on the video, but I can tell his body language now. I’m starting to understand what he’ll do when he catches the scent. What he looks like.
I hope to continue the classes with Levi next year. The next class is the introduction to the scent. I went and bought some Anise and Clove. I still need to find Birch. I wish there was a good K9 Nose Work training book out there, but I haven’t found one yet. Let me know if anyone knows of a book.
The dogs LOVE this so much, they get completely excited, their tails are up and they just have a great time! It’s a really fun wintery thing to train. 🙂