Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jake’s Videos

RATCHX4 (Barn Hunt) Jake von der Alte Baum CGC, Speed Retrieve and Big Air (Dock Dogs), UKC Novice Nosework, UKC Advanced Nosework (Interior, Vehicle, Containers), UKC Superior Nosework (Vehicle, Interior), ETD (Expert Trick Dog)

Jake's ribbons  2015.12.17

2016 Accomplishments!!

Dog Owner Date Class Time Placement High in Class Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-06 Master 1 min. 57 sec. 1 yes Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-08 Master 2 min. 31 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-05-08 Master 1 min. 53 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-08-14 Master 2 min. 30 sec. 3 ------ Sheboygan
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-18 Master 2 min. 20 sec. 2 ------ Wausau
SUMMARY for Barn Hunt: Finished RATCHX4 title w/5 legs w/3-3rd places, 1-2nd place and 1-1st place w/a High in Class
Dog Owner Date Venue Class Jump Placement Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-06-10 Pier Pups Open 13'3" 2 Fond du Lac
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-06-10 Pier Pups Open 15' 2 Fond du Lac
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-04-16 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 10.945 sec 3 Oshkosh Suburu
Jake Laurel Stone 2015-08-04 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 9.673 sec. 5 Oshkosh Co. Fair
Jake Laurel Stone 2015-08-20 Dock Dogs Speed Retrieve 11.014 sec. 3 Appleton Scheels
SUMMARY for dock jumping: Finished SPEED RETRIEVE (DockDogs) title w/3 legs w/2-3rd and 1-5th place. Also, with Pier Pups, 2 long jumps (13'3"/15') w/2-2nd places.
Dog Owner Date Title Class Venue Placement Location
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTN Pre-Trial Novice (Birch) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTA Pre-Trial Advanced (Anise) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 PTS Pre-Trial Superior (Clove) UKC n/a Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NC Novice Container UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NI Novice Interior UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-10 NV Novice Vehicle UKC 3rd and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-11 AI Advance Interior UKC 1st and 3rd Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-09-11 AV Advanced Vehicle UKC 3rd and 4th Stevens Point
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 PTA Pre-Trial Master (Myrrh) UKC n/a Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 PTS Pre-Trial Elite (Vetiver) UKC n/a Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-01 AC Advanced Container UKC 2nd and 3rd Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 NE Novice Exterior UKC 1st and 1st Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 NN NOVICE NOSEWORK UKC total of 8 legs Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 SV Superior Vehicle UKC 2nd and 2nd Wausau
Jake Laurel Stone 2016-10-02 SI Superior Interior UKC 1st and 1st Wausau
SUMMARY for UKC Nosework: 5 PTs (birch, anise,clove, myrrh and vetiver), 9 Element titles (18 legs, NOVICE Container, Interior, Vehicle, Exterior, ADVANCED Interior, Vehicle, Container, SUPERIOR Vehicle, Interior - 7-1st place, 3-2nd place, 7-3rd place and 1-4th place), NOVICE NOSEWORK title (8 of legs previously mentioned)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Jake’s NW journey 0-10 months (and a Narcotics K9)!

With the prospect of being sidelined by 2 knee replacements last winter and having an overachiever dog around I decided to venture into the sport of Nosework.  I bought some videos but needed more to get started on my own.  It was recommended to me that I take some of the Fenzi online classes in nosework and I was hooked.  These courses are 6 weeks long with usually 4-6 lectures each week with homework and they followed a logical progression to learn the sport.  They are offered every 2 months and since the beginning of the year we took the first 3 beginning courses and combined those with 4 advanced courses.  With an average of 100 hides/week, Jake progressed quickly.  In the spring, we joined weekly classes at Ideal Dog Trainer in Neenah and Pawsitively Unleashed! in Stevens Point and attended a 3 day Andrew Ramsey workshop in May in Stevens Point.   During the summer we did some training with Haus von Stolz Police K9 Training in Lomira and introduced him to narcotic detection.  In September, Jake competed in local UKC Nosework trials and successfully completed various elements in the novice, advanced and superior levels with a total of 10 titles (elements plus level titles).  In October, he was certified as a Narcotics K9 and participated in a 2 day search in a correctional institution where he proved just how much stamina he has (3 hours first day and 2 hours the second) and how accurate he is outside on grounds and inside in lockers, training rooms and inmates rooms!  I can't tell you how proud I am of this dog!  He has so much drive and ambition to do anything I ask of him!  What a guy!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Our 1st Nosework trial!

Finally, Jake ("Famous Jake" as I heard someone call him!) and I entered our first trial. We started Nosework at the beginning of the year and this UKC trial in Stevens Point Wisconsin was the first trial in any venue that was within a 90 min. radius of home. Saturday, Jake passed the first 3 PTs (Pre-Trial tests in birch, anise and clove) and zoomed on to the Elements offered (Containers, Interior and Vehicles - no Exterior) He successfully sourced the odor in all 3 Elements in both Trials that day earning him 3 titles: NC (Novice Containers), NI (Novice Interior) and NV (Novice Vehicle) with 2 First Place ribbons and 4 Third Place ribbons. Sunday we successfully repeated the PTs (because we could, not because we had to) and then proceeded to garner enough legs for 2 more titles, AI (Advanced Interior), AV (Advanced Vehicles), and a leg towards Advanced Containers with a 1st place, three 3rd places and a 4th place finish. All in all a GREAT weekend! Awesome, competent, helpful judges (Sharon Jonas & Joanne Soyke), beautiful weather, friendly competitors and and efficiently run trial will bring me back next year! A special thank you to Renea L Dahms at Pawsitively Unleashed and all the hardworking members of the Central WI Dog Sports Club!


Saturday, July 2, 2016


A tracking seminar!  AKC no less!  After YEARS of Schutzhund footprint to footprint tracking I went to a workshop to earn the method that is used in AKC tracking!  Looks promising and I plan to see what happens!!  Lois Ballard is an AKC judge and regularly holds classes at Hartman Creek State Park.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Andrew Ramsey Nosework seminar!

This weekend I attended a Nosework seminar with Andrew Ramsey and it was awesome! There were several dogs just starting Nosework, several dogs on odor, several SAR (cadaver) dogs and then there was Jake who didn’t fit into any of those groups. (He was, by the way, the only dog who ended up working outside on 2 of the 3 days as most of the dogs worked in the “training lab” set up in the seminar room at Pawsitively Unleashed in Stevens Point.)

My goal was to have Jake ignore more distractions so I will describe some of our training.NW Ramsey seminar 1

Jake will ignore his toys on the floor when they are “dead”. Specifically, he will search instead of picking his favorite balls up, etc. however, I knew for a fact that he gets VERY excited when that ball on a rope is moving so this is what we worked on the first day. Andrew would have his favorite ball on a rope and play tug with him after he searched and after I marked his alert. After the first time of doing that, Jake went into his over-the-top I-must-be-doing-bitework mentality and I had to clearly redirect him to search, but search he did and really fast so he could get that reward!! This did not look very pretty for the first few times because Jake wanted to go directly to Andrew. In the afternoon session, he really “got” it and Andrew was able to tease him with the ball while he was alerting to source. If he started to turn his head to look at him, I would say “alert” and he would recommit to the odor and not leave until I said “yes”!

Sunday, the second day, we worked outside knowing that Jake is usually distracted by the smells of otNW Ramsey seminar 3her dogs and critters. The first hide was on the wheel of a tractor trailer truck and Jake aced it. The second hide was along the wall of a deserted building. He sourced it and then a mouse ran by the hide into a hole in the wall of the building and that’s all it took for him to be distracted!! We got his attention and he alerted on the hide which was about 6 feet up on the wall. Several other hides went well I think in part because he knew that there was a possibility that he would get to play with that ball on a rope! In the afternoon, there were 3 hides along the front of the building and Jake found the threshold one but blew by the second because a bush was there and the odor from the 3rd was pulling him forward. He found that and came back to the second. The last for the afternoon were 2 hides on the truck and these were on a wheel and in between the brackets near a wheel which he had no problem finding!

Monday we went outside again and searched hides in a potty area and then along the front and the back of a long building. He ignored the smells for the most part. It appears that perhaps part of that problem is on the way to the start line rather than after I tell him to search because once he gets going he is less distracted. I’ll have to observe that. The building was pretty much like other searches he’s done – sourcing them all. Of course, we did have to discourage him from trying to take apart the water meter where one hide was and teach him to alert without dismounting it! The hiNW Ramsey seminar 4des outside were either small metal containers or a tiny piece of blotter paper that could be slid into cracks in doorways in addition to being placed anywhere a Q-tip could be hidden.

My challenge is to know when to call finish when I don’t know how many hides there are!! But how different is that from the master level in barn hunt anyway!?! Jake has an amazing alert so it’s just a matter of getting him close to the source and he’ll find it. Some of the outside hides were not accessible and I didn’t know where they were or how many there were. Another challenge is to learn to read the wind currents and make sure Jake searched everything including the ins and outs of the search area. Great weekend!!

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Monday, May 9, 2016


In between NOSEWORK days we did some BARN HUNT in Sheboygan and even though Jake hadn’t chased a rat in a tube for 7 months, he didn’t miss a beat!  He attained his RATCHX4 this weekend meaning that he has accumulated a total of 45 master legs!  In addition, he brought home a blue ribbon, 2 yellow ribbons and a high in class ribbon!! 

2016.5.8 RATCHX4 Jake

Here are 3 videos from his runs!



Monday, May 2, 2016

Rick’s Repair & farm equipment!


NW Rick's Repair

And here is the video and explanation that goes with it.

I often video but rarely post them because I’m taking them and they are pretty shaky and awful.  Today I really tried to get some good footage of Jake who tends to be a pretty active dog.  I’m sold on using a flexi for nosework (nothing else) because it doesn’t get tangled and I let Jake work farther away from me. It’s clearly a learning curve and I’m beginning to handle it better.  I am a clicker/marker trainer and believe that when I say YES that it ends the exercise and Jake returns to me for the reward.  When I say GOOD, he knows he has to stay in position until I say YES.  I’ve recently started pairing ALERT with GOOD and there is one find on the video where I say ALERT and he pushes back into the find until I say YES.  I feel that I talk too much and am working on that!    In order to not overface him, all the hides are accessible.  It’s pretty windy (NE17) and at the auto repair shop (5 hides aged 3 hours) that has farm equipment you can see him under the equipment on one side and then finding odor on the other.  The last 5 hides (aged 2 hours) at the vet office had the distractions of dog potty smells but I kept the hides off the grass at this time to help him be successful since he has only been doing nosework for 4 months. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Back on the DOCK

Jake got his second leg towards a title in Speed Retrieve today and 3rd place (10.945 sec. in the Express division) with Dock Dogs in Oshkosh in 75 degrees and sunny weather!!! This guy SO wants to do everything he can. Since we're doing Nosework when we got out of the van he was heading towards all the vehicles and sniffing until we rounded the corner of the building and he saw the pool! Then he went crazy!!  Click below to check out his video!

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