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07-06-2020 10:05 AM
Meldrew79 That's a good question, ECIN! Thankfully in this case I knew where the hide was. If it was a trial, I would have liked to think I would have waited him out a little bit. It's hard though when you have trial nerves and I may have called it when he leaped at it multiple times. Depending on the judge, they may have given it to us. The hide was very sourceable for Newts though, meaning there was really no reason he couldn't get his nose right on it!
07-06-2020 10:03 AM
LadyDi Great shots! Go get’em Newtie!!! Funny to watch them hop hop hop!!
07-06-2020 09:44 AM
ECIN Question for the trainer !

When looking at the set of pictures - top to bottom - Newtie had me sold it was also on the ribbon ! So Oh Great Trainer ! Did you just take a second to see what Newtie did ? As NOT to be to quick at calling find ? This must come from experience !

Great job - Next time - MAKE a video would have been so cool to watch him do his deal !

Thanks
07-06-2020 08:58 AM
Meldrew79 Thought I'd share a fun sequence of photos from class on Friday. This is an elevated hide, it's the red tin on the back seat. Once Newton caught scent he was convinced it was on the spinning mobile they had hanging from the bar and he was jumping at it like a pogo stick! He worked the problem out and realized that it was actually a little easier to get to! Super fun to watch him work it out and pretty funny too! I loved how motivated he was to get to source!




We finally got into an NW3 trial in MN at the end of July. Really looking forward to it. We only need one more for our Elite!
06-27-2020 04:22 PM
MeadowCat
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MC , Had you worked with Sypha with Before - you went to the Nose work ? At home ? I never gave it a thought till the other day when a guy gave me a pretty cool mask and I was showing the little lady . Anything else I never thought of ? Sorry to ask you these questions on the nose work tread.
I had tested out both dogs with a mask a couple of months ago, and neither cared at all. Sypha and I are doing private agility lessons now, and both the instructor and I are wearing masks during the lessons. Other than that I'm not doing anything special because neither of my dogs are at all bothered by people wearing masks. I do know a lot of people that are working with their dogs to get them used to it, because I think this is going to be a "new normal" for a while.

I think my dogs are pretty unfazed both because I do a lot when they are puppies to get them used to people wearing weird stuff and because here in Minnesota we wear a lot of stuff on our face in the winter - scarves and balaclavas because it's so cold! So I think it's just normal to them that sometimes they can't see our faces
06-27-2020 02:39 PM
ECIN MC , Had you worked with Sypha with Before - you went to the Nose work ? At home ? I never gave it a thought till the other day when a guy gave me a pretty cool mask and I was showing the little lady . Anything else I never thought of ? Sorry to ask you these questions on the nose work tread.
06-27-2020 01:50 PM
MeadowCat
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Great job Sypha and to her trainer - MC - you bring up a good point with the mask - I put mine on the other day and Mr. B did like it at all - I wonder if he really knew it was me , he was on guard for sure- Had to take it off - will try that one again to get him use to it .

So , was this the same group you have always worked with ? Close to home ?
I would work with Kadin on getting used to masks - start with it just on your chin, give him treats. Put it farther up, more treats. Work slowly. For some dogs it's really, really weird. He may need to get used to other people wearing them too - you can take him places to see other people in them.

For the Nosework trial, this is a local place that hosted it, so it's people we know, yes. It's not the place I train, though.
06-27-2020 01:43 PM
ECIN Great job Sypha and to her trainer - MC - you bring up a good point with the mask - I put mine on the other day and Mr. B did like it at all - I wonder if he really knew it was me , he was on guard for sure- Had to take it off - will try that one again to get him use to it .

So , was this the same group you have always worked with ? Close to home ?
06-27-2020 01:41 PM
Rosemary Congratulations!
06-27-2020 01:38 PM
MeadowCat Sypha and I did some Nosework this morning. We played K9 ABC Games and competed at the Dual Odor Games level. Sypha found all 6 hides in under 5 minutes to earn her Dual Odor Games title!

The K9 ABC Games are a fun (and challenging) Nosework search. It's a continuous, contiguous search that is both indoor and outdoor, and contains all four search elements in one search - interior, exterior, container and vehicle. In the dual odor level there are six hides, one in each element plus two "wild cards" that can be in any element. You have 8 minutes to search. (That's a LONG search, for those that don't do Nosework!).

I was VERY pleased with Sypha's search today. She worked beautifully. It was the first time we've done searching with me in a mask. The trial was staged very safely with distancing and run so that it was really safe, and very efficient. We were only there about 90 minutes.

Here's the girlie with her ribbon!

2020-06-27_01-33-34 by Shanoa Delta, on Flickr
06-13-2020 01:26 PM
Rosemary City girl with a lousy sense of direction here. I don't hike.

I really only use a GoPro when doing nosework or tracking, where I need to be able to see the dog, so I always use a chest harness on myself. I know other people who prefer to use a head mount for their GoPro, again for noseowrk or tracking.
06-13-2020 12:52 PM
LadyDi Yeah, we are going hiking in October and Hoss always trails with us.
I have a tactical vest for him that he typically wears with a harness hook.
A a go pro will attach to this vest if I wanted ......and then there is getting something similar to your setup.
Which angle would you prefer for video If you were hiking ....at your chest like you do now or from at mount @ dogs shoulder?
Curious as to what you would opt for .....
06-13-2020 12:33 PM
Rosemary
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Rosemary - which Go Pro do you use ?

Thanks
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Glad you are feeling better Rosemary.
Nice videos again.
We need a go pro ....gonna get one.
I used a cheapie $50 knock-off for several years until a friend upgraded, and gave me her GoPro Hero 3+ a few months ago. This was the first time I've actually used it.


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Sorry Rosemary !I forgot to tell you I'm glad your doing lots better !
Thanks. It's nice to be able to do things again.
06-13-2020 12:07 PM
ECIN Sorry Rosemary !I forgot to tell you I'm glad your doing lots better !
06-13-2020 12:05 PM
LadyDi Glad you are feeling better Rosemary.
Nice videos again.
We need a go pro ....gonna get one.
06-13-2020 11:47 AM
ECIN Rosemary - which Go Pro do you use ?

Thanks
06-13-2020 10:20 AM
Rosemary
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Way to go team Rosemary.
Question...not ready to return to indoor nosework classes yet.
So when you do outdoor searches how long do you let it “bake” before you do your searches.
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A lot of times I do my searches immediately. Sometimes I leave them out for a while. I think it's good for your dog to learn with variety.
For these, Leo ran her search about an hour after I set the hides, and Lily ran about 45 minutes after I set the hides. As MeadowCat mentioned, though, it's good to vary your times. I keep my made up scent vessels in the fridge, so I like to give them a chance to warm up a bit.

I really need to make up some AKC/UKC strength swabs, so that they can get used to them, since that's what we will be competing in if we ever enter a trial.


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Love the videos and enthusiasm shown by both you and your pack doing the nosework!

Are you using a phone or a Go-Pro camera to document training?

What happened to your sprained ankle- healed? Back in May you had really done a number on it...

https://www.dobermantalk.com/general...ml#post4133761


I ask this only because in videos, your legs and ankles look fit as a fiddle!
I'm wearing a GoPro on a chest harness. They are very useful for training nosework and tracking. I also like to have a stationary camera if possible (not an option for this set-up), since the two different points of view give you vastly different feedback.

My foot and ankle are doing much better. Most of the bruising and swelling are gone, and I've been able to wear shoes without wanting to cry since about Tuesday. Still have to be careful about how and where I step, and it sometimes hurts just for the heck of it, but is definitely on the mend.
06-13-2020 08:52 AM
MeadowCat
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Way to go team Rosemary.
Question...not ready to return to indoor nosework classes yet.
So when you do outdoor searches how long do you let it “bake” before you do your searches.
A lot of times I do my searches immediately. Sometimes I leave them out for a while. I think it's good for your dog to learn with variety.
06-13-2020 07:51 AM
spocksdad Love the videos and enthusiasm shown by both you and your pack doing the nosework!

Are you using a phone or a Go-Pro camera to document training?

What happened to your sprained ankle- healed? Back in May you had really done a number on it...

https://www.dobermantalk.com/general...ml#post4133761


I ask this only because in videos, your legs and ankles look fit as a fiddle!
06-13-2020 07:03 AM
LadyDi Way to go team Rosemary.
Question...not ready to return to indoor nosework classes yet.
So when you do outdoor searches how long do you let it “bake” before you do your searches.
06-13-2020 06:24 AM
ECIN Lily is to cute ! Love how she lays down and looks back at you Rosemary , Poor Leo , he had lots of things to check out , but still did very well - Thanks for the videos !

Ken
06-12-2020 03:23 PM
Rosemary Challenges in nosework training.....

My son decided to come outside while Lily was working, and I had to keep an eye on him, which of course distracts me from the dog...



For Leo's search, the neighbors across the street came home.



In case anyone is wondering, there was clove on the water meter cover, cypress alongside the curb, anise next to the bushes, and myrrh alongside the house.
03-16-2020 11:45 AM
MeadowCat
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Last brag for the circuit season. Elite trail at Stokesdale NC Friday 13th, I wanted to let Dax off leash as much as possible to help gain the confidence that I needed. When we trailed at the NW3 level I had no problem letting Dax search off leash however with the large search areas at the Elite level I lost some of that confidence. At the Stokesdale trail I gain the confidence back. One of the search areas was an arena and their had been animals in there prior who had pissed. Dax went in and was easily distracted I hooked her up and she was able to refocus. One the judges noted on our score sheet great job hooking her back up. Well it is easy for me to do that with Dax because she is tall and I am short so we have an advantage.

We earned a third place ribbon out of 28 dogs with two pronounced out of four searches. Need to work on inaccessible hides, handler error in not called two of those type of scent puzzles. One complicated scent puzzle was in an open to the elements, wind blowing, inaccessible under table and within 2 feet around the corner in the brick wall the 2nd hide. Called Alert on the brick hide and Dax was working that table however handler did not call.

Hopefully we will continue this Nose Work journey in the fall

We ended the season doing exactly what I wanted to do, increase our finds and gain the confidence in working large areas off leash
Sounds like you had an awesome trial! Way to go!
03-16-2020 11:40 AM
dobegal Last brag for the circuit season. Elite trail at Stokesdale NC Friday 13th, I wanted to let Dax off leash as much as possible to help gain the confidence that I needed. When we trailed at the NW3 level I had no problem letting Dax search off leash however with the large search areas at the Elite level I lost some of that confidence. At the Stokesdale trail I gain the confidence back. One of the search areas was an arena and their had been animals in there prior who had pissed. Dax went in and was easily distracted I hooked her up and she was able to refocus. One the judges noted on our score sheet great job hooking her back up. Well it is easy for me to do that with Dax because she is tall and I am short so we have an advantage.

We earned a third place ribbon out of 28 dogs with two pronounced out of four searches. Need to work on inaccessible hides, handler error in not called two of those type of scent puzzles. One complicated scent puzzle was in an open to the elements, wind blowing, inaccessible under table and within 2 feet around the corner in the brick wall the 2nd hide. Called Alert on the brick hide and Dax was working that table however handler did not call.

Hopefully we will continue this Nose Work journey in the fall

We ended the season doing exactly what I wanted to do, increase our finds and gain the confidence in working large areas off leash
03-16-2020 11:11 AM
MeadowCat
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I don't know...Newtie pees a lot in our barkyard!
Good opportunity to work on distraction???
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