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    A New Nosework Thread

    Is anyone on her training or competing in Nosework? How are things going? What are you working on?

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    Nope :-( We've totally let nosework go. I would like to start Hazel on it, but there's always so much other stuff to train. It would be nice to get Watson back into a class but I haven't found a single one since we've moved so I'll have to do it myself. It would be nice to get his NW1 some day.
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    I still dabble a bit. I need to get it in gear, though, and start some serious training. I'd like to get all five PTs for Leo and Lily next year, and if we picked up an actual title or two, I'd be ecstatic. I mean, I've got a UKC club holding trials practically in my back yard, and another within a few hours driving distance, so I really should take advantage of them.
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    We participated this weekend. Ky took her first crack at NW2 and Mahto and I both debuted in NW3. We had a really nice weekend. The people were awesome, the volunteers were kind, the judges were a blast. It was just a really great time. I think the nosework atmosphere is one of the best.


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    Nice job on the NW2 and NW3!
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    Congrats, trainingjunkie, Ky, and Mahto!

    Can I join in here even though were just starting?

    Tyson and I took two classes last year with an instructor working on certification and we re-started this spring after about a year off. On Saturday he had his first experience with odor. He did better than I did - I thought there was only one hide in the room, but kept searching until he found the second.

    On Sunday, I volunteered at an ORT and it was a great experience! I loved watching (most of) the teams worked and (think I) learned quite a bit by observing body language and behavior.

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    Thanks guys! It was a great weekend. My dogs were just so cool! We were at a race track (horses) and the weather was stunning. So much fun!

    YES Cookieface! Jump it! I would love to see some nosework conversations! Congrats on your start on odor! The fun begins!

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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    Thanks guys! It was a great weekend. My dogs were just so cool! We were at a race track (horses) and the weather was stunning. So much fun!
    Wow, a racetrack?! What a cool place to trial! The two trials + ORT we did were at summer camps and a community college.
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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    I haven't done any nosework but I'm considering taking Nosework 101 on Fenzi in December. Seems like an ideal learning situation given that Milo is pretty distractible and I think he wouldn't learn as well in a group class. Milo is very sent oriented and I suspect he'd enjoy nosework. I'm excited about the possibility of taking this class.

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    Yeah! Canterbury Downs! It was just beautiful and so much fun. Like a dream location to trial!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyfaith View Post
    I haven't done any nosework but I'm considering taking Nosework 101 on Fenzi in December. Seems like an ideal learning situation given that Milo is pretty distractible and I think he wouldn't learn as well in a group class. Milo is very sent oriented and I suspect he'd enjoy nosework. I'm excited about the possibility of taking this class.
    Not that you were looking for input, but my only learning experience in Nosework has been the online classes at Fenzi. I think nosework really lends itself to on-line learning. Welcome to the game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    Not that you were looking for input, but my only learning experience in Nosework has been the online classes at Fenzi. I think nosework really lends itself to on-line learning. Welcome to the game!
    That's great feedback. I'm really looking forward to the class. Any thoughts on benefits of signing up as a bronze vs. gold level? I've taken a couple classes at a bronze level and enjoyed them. I'm hoping to snag a gold level spot for Donna Hill's recall class in february but I'm on the fence about doing nosework at bronze vs. gold.

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    If money isn't tight, I would take it at gold. There are lots of little details that the instructors will notice if you film.

    If money IS tight, just pay close attention to the details. I have yet to take a NW class at gold, although I am sure I would really enjoy it.

    I had a leg up- I used to handle a narcotics dog and I cross-train in a lot of sports. And I have a phenomenal training partner. Made all the difference.

    You are going to love the game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftyfaith View Post
    I haven't done any nosework but I'm considering taking Nosework 101 on Fenzi in December. Seems like an ideal learning situation given that Milo is pretty distractible and I think he wouldn't learn as well in a group class. Milo is very sent oriented and I suspect he'd enjoy nosework. I'm excited about the possibility of taking this class.
    Another vote here for FDSA nosework. I like the "on odor from the beginning" style of training over the "hunt for food for ages, then hunt for paired hides for ages, and then have to teach the dog to ignore food entirely" style of training (I know there are a lot of people who prefer the other way, though).
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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    We had our second odor class yesterday and have videos.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxEL_-trIpw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5-z6o7Rz1Q

    Does it look like he enjoys it? I worry that class is too stressful for him.

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    I think you guys look great! What are you searching for? Odor alone or paired?

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    Thanks. Odor and food right now. I'm not sure when we'll remove the food. Is there a general time line for that?

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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    Everyone's different. If you like your coach, just trust your coach!

    I never paired. I started on straight odor, so I am not very educated on the method you are using.

    In unrelated news, I competed in my second NW3 trial in a week yesterday and got another leg! If interested, here are our NW3 runs from last Sunday. My Saturday videos haven't arrived yet:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZl9wHi_m9I

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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    Everyone's different. If you like your coach, just trust your coach!

    I never paired. I started on straight odor, so I am not very educated on the method you are using.

    In unrelated news, I competed in my second NW3 trial in a week yesterday and got another leg! If interested, here are our NW3 runs from last Sunday. My Saturday videos haven't arrived yet:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZl9wHi_m9I
    Thanks! Congrats on the trial placement!

    We just got back from class - Tyson loves it so much. It's great to see him so happy and gaining confidence.

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    Re: A New Nosework Thread

    Lancer's using a ball reward now and doing super well with it on interiors/exteriors. I messed up somewhere along the way with boxes though, because he thinks that "pawing at all boxes" results in getting the ball now, and not actually focusing on scents... so I might have to go back to pairing with food for that?

    Also, I'm wondering how do I even find local mock ORT's? I'd ask our trainer, but I kinda feel like she prefers us to be 100% ready before we even attempt an ORT... so I'm going to do it secretly if I find one. LOL
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