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I love Nosework! Richter passed his ORT on birch a few weeks ago. Right now we are on a break both because I'm doing too many things (obedience and agility) and because there are no Nosework trials close by yet. I hope to get back into it soon, because Richter really enjoys it.
 

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I've finally found out some more about UKC nosework. They are going to be using a total of five scents. I think that this Leerburg | UKC Nosework Kit is what I will be buying when we get our income tax return. :D
 

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I have a question for people who have trialed for some time.

This is my very first trial, so I've been reading the manual book and asking a bunch of questions about what to expect.

The host/chairwoman of the trials posted a message on the group forum stating that there has been two diagnosed kennel cough cases in the area. She also mentioned that the two dogs are still going to compete.

The executive of SDDA has been contacted and has spoken with the host about the issue, but no further information has been released.

Is it normal to allow contagious dogs to compete in events?

Someone who has been trialing for quite some time said it is normal, and all she does is keep her dogs separated from her household dogs to stop the spread of disease.

I have a feeling the executive of SDDA has requested those dogs to be pulled, as the manual does state that any dog who is sick and cannot perform the trial will be DQd, but i need to wait for the official email.
 

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I have a question for people who have trialed for some time.

This is my very first trial, so I've been reading the manual book and asking a bunch of questions about what to expect.

The host/chairwoman of the trials posted a message on the group forum stating that there has been two diagnosed kennel cough cases in the area. She also mentioned that the two dogs are still going to compete.

The executive of SDDA has been contacted and has spoken with the host about the issue, but no further information has been released.

Is it normal to allow contagious dogs to compete in events?

Someone who has been trialing for quite some time said it is normal, and all she does is keep her dogs separated from her household dogs to stop the spread of disease.

I have a feeling the executive of SDDA has requested those dogs to be pulled, as the manual does state that any dog who is sick and cannot perform the trial will be DQd, but i need to wait for the official email.
Just bumping this, it's been a couple of days and the host has not made a decision yet.

I have a 13 yr old lab at home, I find it's too risky to let Chase compete alongside a contagious dog that he may pass it on to the lab.
 

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Bummer about the trial :( I'm surprised they would allow the sick dogs to compete...you would think the risk of losing the competitors that don't want their dogs exposed to the sick ones would be a good enough incentive to not allow them to compete. Guess not!

I have officially signed up for the Denise Fenzi online course and purchased the Leerburg nosework starter kit. I am really excited to get this started!
 

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The host/chairwoman of the trials posted a message on the group forum stating that there has been two diagnosed kennel cough cases in the area. She also mentioned that the two dogs are still going to compete.

The executive of SDDA has been contacted and has spoken with the host about the issue, but no further information has been released.

Is it normal to allow contagious dogs to compete in events?

Someone who has been trialing for quite some time said it is normal, and all she does is keep her dogs separated from her household dogs to stop the spread of disease.

I have a feeling the executive of SDDA has requested those dogs to be pulled, as the manual does state that any dog who is sick and cannot perform the trial will be DQd, but i need to wait for the official email.
No, it is not normal (or certainly not OK!) for dogs diagnosed with Kennel cough to be competing! This issue came up at some trials when I lived in California and people were livid with the folks (a VERY well known Doberman handler) who brought a dog who displayed clear symptoms of kennel cough.

I did a quick google search and this is what I found for AKC rules. This is an extract that was posted on a yahoo forum for dog events and I included their "FYI" at the end. Note the part that it not only applies if your own dog is known to have kennel cough (or some other disease) but has come into contact with an infected dog in the past 30 days.

Under the AKC rules for dog shows...eligibility ....Section 9 Page 48-49...it states "No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show, no dog shall be brought into the grounds or premises of any dog show, and any dog which may have been brought into the grounds or premises of a dog show shall immediately be removed if it:
(a) shows clinical symptoms of distemper, infectious hepatitus, leptospirosis or other communicable disease, OR
(b) is known to have been in contact with distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease within THIRTY days prior to the opening of the show, OR
(c) has been kenneled within THIRTY days prior to the opening of the show on premises on which there existed distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease."

Just an FYI.....If you have had KC or been exposed to KC w/in 30 days and go to an AKC event...you CAN be suspended/fined.
 

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No, it is not normal (or certainly not OK!) for dogs diagnosed with Kennel cough to be competing! This issue came up at some trials when I lived in California and people were livid with the folks (a VERY well known Doberman handler) who brought a dog who displayed clear symptoms of kennel cough.

I did a quick google search and this is what I found for AKC rules. This is an extract that was posted on a yahoo forum for dog events and I included their "FYI" at the end. Note the part that it not only applies if your own dog is known to have kennel cough (or some other disease) but has come into contact with an infected dog in the past 30 days.

Under the AKC rules for dog shows...eligibility ....Section 9 Page 48-49...it states "No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show, no dog shall be brought into the grounds or premises of any dog show, and any dog which may have been brought into the grounds or premises of a dog show shall immediately be removed if it:
(a) shows clinical symptoms of distemper, infectious hepatitus, leptospirosis or other communicable disease, OR
(b) is known to have been in contact with distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease within THIRTY days prior to the opening of the show, OR
(c) has been kenneled within THIRTY days prior to the opening of the show on premises on which there existed distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease."

Just an FYI.....If you have had KC or been exposed to KC w/in 30 days and go to an AKC event...you CAN be suspended/fined.
Thank you harvest moon.

The message that was posted was short and left out a lot of detail. The affected dog has been pulled and will not compete. The other dog who is housed with an affected dog has been asymptomatic for 30 days and has been checked by a vet yesterday. The vet gave a note saying this dog is fit to compete and got the all clear.

The SDDA is new, so I may bring this problem up once I gather more information on how other organizations handle it (NASCW, CKC, AKC) and they may look into it and revise the trial manual.

I decided I will compete. I'll put a red bandana on Chase so he cannot interact with other dogs or people. Once home I will keep him separated from the other dogs for the incubation period, just to be safe. All dogs in the household have been vaccinated for bordetella.
 

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Congrats to you and Chase!!

The first lecture for the online course I am taking was posted, now I am just waiting to get my odor kit from Leerburg, which should be delivered today! I am so excited to get all of my dogs started!
 

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Thanks for the links, Rosemary.

I joined the Open Nose Work Forum that is run by Margaret Simek, she is also the person teaching the course on the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.
 

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I am totally impressed with the NW class I just finished on Denise Fenzi's Dog Sports Academy. The class was taught by Margaret Simek, and she did a great job. After 6 weeks, all three of my dogs are nearly ready for their ORT, and if I had done a better job at training consistently, I'm sure they would be ready.

There is currently one ORT scheduled in Texas, and I will be trying to get Guilty into it for all three odors. Possibly all of my dogs, but we will see!

We will be signing up for the second round of classes, too, and I hope they are as good!
 

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There is an opportunity to gain a title in April!!

A trial is being held and I think im going to book him for all three elements again to try and get a special. There will also be DOTS held, so he can also pass his Pine and Thyme :)

We will see how he is feeling. I noticed at our first trial he was not very happy, a lot of new things were going on that just zapped him and he was very flat in his performance. Now I know what to expect in a trial environment, I can work with him and see if we can get him more relaxed.
 

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Yay! Just signed Baron up for a 4 week Level 1a: K9 Nose Work® Basics 1 class starting the first week in March. I have been watching for classes held during the day and they are finally offering them and it is only 20 minutes from home. Was just about ready to buy some books and/or DVD's to work at home (which I might do anyway) when I thought I would check the place again. I am thinking it must be getting more popular in this area as there are more classes being scheduled and also noticed some clinics, etc. scheduled in the future. So excited to do something with my boy again.
 

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Brandy and I start classes again on Saturday! :) We're moving out of the intro classes and are starting to work on skill building! The instructor has that we will be: working perimeters, thresholds, & corners; independent searching; multiple hides; above, below, and under; leash handling; etc. Super excited!!!!!

Happy sniffing everyone! :)
 

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I just noticed on their scheduled that there will a sanctioned trial near our place in April. Will plan on attending just to watch. Also, there is training seminar in May:

"Handler & Dog Confidence Building in K9 Nose Work® Training with Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI™ and NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member

Leah Gangelhoff is a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor and an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member. Before the sport of K9 Nose Work® was born, Leah studied under and trained dogs in narcotics detection with Co-founders Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot while living in Los Angeles, logging upwards of 1000 hours from 2004 through 2006. Leah currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in Birmingham, AL. As an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member, she co-teaches K9 Nose Work® workshops and skills clinics with the Co-founders, is active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for CNWI and ANWI, and offers coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams across the country. Leah serves as a Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs)."

You have to be training for 6 months so, of course, we would not be eligible to attend. But, it is really nice to see more events and classes in our area. I am so hoping Baron enjoys it because we might see another title in our future if he does OK. I was a little bummed with myself that we didn't continue with his obedience to at least try to do Utility Dog. But after he got his CDX, it was just after our stressful move and in the middle of the major remodel and was just too much going on. Also, with his age an DCM, I never want to put any stress on him.
 

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Lois, even though you and Baron won't be able to do a working spot, why not see if you you can get an audit spot.
 
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