Jake had a variety of activities this weekend. Yesterday he completed his AKC Advanced Scent Work title by finishing the containers and exterior element titles. He was on fire for one of the exterior searches taking only 28 sec. for 2 hides and winning 1st place of his class of 23 dogs! Today he passed all the required skills for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced AND the CGC Urban test! He is such a fun dog!
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Jake surely earned his keep today! I was clearing some brush in the yard and heaving it over a fence. A piece caught my glasses (no line bifocals..$$) and flipped them off of my head which I didn't realize immediately until I had walked around a bit. I searched to no avail because weeds were high so I brought Jake into the picture. Into the house we go. I got another pair of glasses, sat down with treats in one hand, glasses in the other and taught him "glasses" just like I've taught him other odors to search for. It took him 5 times for him to get it. Then I did a few times of hiding the glasses in the house and he alerted on them. Off to the weed patch where I tossed the practice glasses down a few times and he found them. Then told him to search more and he started sourcing on a raised bed (unused but with weeds) and, lo and behold, there they were. He first started sniffing on the outside of the concrete blocks through the holes and then went around to the side where they had landed. I first thought they had flipped over the fence with the brush so had him searching there but he came out to the concrete blocks. This whole process took 20-30 min. from the time I started teaching him. I recreated the find to take the photo. What a dog!!
Monday, July 30, 2018
Thanks to the Scent Work Club of Central WI for a successful trial! Judges Renea L Dahms and Tracy Perrine did a great job and all the friendly volunteers kept it running super smooth! And a final thanks to Rob Duberstein who gave up his Saturday to take awesome photos for us to share!
Jake added 12 new legs to his climb up the AKC Scent Work ladder getting 5 new titles (Handler Discrimination Novice, Exterior Novice, overall Novice, Buried Advanced, and Interior Excellent) while getting 4-1st place, 2-2nd place, 2-3rd place and 1-4th place ribbons! We learned a lot, made new friends and now know just how far down 6 and 8 inches is for the excellent and buried hides which have become yet another training opportunity for us!!! :)
Friday, July 20, 2018
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
I spent MONTHS teaching Jake to NOT go down the ramp but rather jump off the dock so he could do dock diving. Now, so he can continue swimming and not over-stress his back/rear end, (he only has one hip due to an accident when he was a wee one and removal of the head of the hip at 4 months old) I'm reversing course to make it easier. Also, to make it easier is the reason why he has a life jacket on again. Today, he is showing off and teaching Micah (James Affeldt) who is barking in the background that it's really fun to retrieve in the water even though jumping 16'.6" (person best jump) is not a part of it! He just turned 8 and he still thinks he can do it all so unfortunately I have to be the voice of reason for him!!
Sunday, October 15, 2017
A little hard to see but there are hoops, weave poles, jumps, a tunnel and some barrels and cones. this is my yard. In July, Jake and I were introduced to NADAC agility and I realized that I could learn to direct Jake around the course and not run! Sounded good to me! We started taking lessons with Jeff at K9 Corp Agility. He was a great student and excelled in lessons but then we did a few trials until he realized he was pretty much on his own and could get away with stuff such as greeting the helpers and doing the course in the order HE chooses! SO, we focused on training and having fun! Not that he didn’t have FUN at the trials because he sure did!
Here we are at training. And check out the videos by clicking here.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Oct 9th Jake participated in more UKC Nosework and received his ELITE CONTAINERS title with a 1st Place and High in Class award. He also achieved his MASTER EXTERIOR title in the pouring rain with wind again placing 1st and finishing his MASTER overall title. Not bad for a morning's sniffing!!
He now is two EXTERIOR legs short of his overall ELITE title but that will have to wait until spring when there are again UKC trials within my 90 minute travel radius! :)
I couldn't be prouder of this fun, goofy, driven guy who is sharing my life and opening up my eyes to all that can be accomplished with dedication and consistent training! Next up - looking forward to AKC Scent Work next year and are diligently practicing BURIED HIDES whenever we can!
Certificates arrived recently! 2017 final levels for Jake in UKC Nosework! So proud of this guy! Thank you to the Central WI Dog Sport Club and the Working Dogs of North Central WI club for hosting trials. Without these clubs and their dedicated members, these achievements would not have been possible!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Jake passed legs 2 and 3 for the UKC Handler Discrimination Novice title in Sheboygan WI today. In this Nosework class the dog must alert on the handler's scent (that would be me). There was a glove I scented in the box that he alerted on. He stopped at the box about 12 seconds into the search but because he has lied to me in the past I had to be sure before I called Alert at 19 seconds which actually put us in 4th place! Some fast dogs at this event!! :)
(Click photo for video)
Sunday, August 6, 2017
August 4, 2017
Jake jumping with Dock Dogs at the Winnebago County fair this week. Looking forward to bringing him back for Speed Retrieve on Sunday! He has such fun!! Thanks Laura for taking the video!!
O.M.G. To follow up the video I posted of Jake jumping with DockDogs on Wednesday. We went back to the Fair yesterday to jump in a Big Air wave and Jake jumped 11'11". He has jumped shorter jumps each year from a personal best of 16'6" (he is going to be 8 after all!). I was fine with that but the announcer said that's his lucky number. Well, today we went back to do Speed Retrieve (jumping in and swimming fast to the end to get a bumper) which he loves to do. As I was thinking of leaving, I was asked if Jake was going to stay for the finals because HE QUALIFIED IN THE UNDER 12 FOOT CATEGORY with his 11'11" jump! So, of course we stayed and then he jumped 13'6" to take FIRST PLACE! And the icing on the cake is that when you take first, DockDogs puts $100 in your account to be used for future jumps!! Finally, he is paying his way! I couldn't be prouder of this crazy dog!!
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Jake and I were on a 13 hour adventure to a UKC Nosework trial and he did me proud again going 4/4 with 3-1st places, 1-2nd place and 2 High in Trials! He also got titles for Advanced Exteriors, Superior Containers and Advance Nosework. What a guy! Thanks to the judges Sharon Jonas and Joanne Soyke and the hardworking members of the Working Dogs of NC WI club! Halfway through the day he got to hunt rats at the Barn Hunt nearby and located 6 of them in 2 minutes! Looking forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Jake was back on the dock this morning! And he was over-the-top excited! Oh, wait, he's always over-the-top excited when he's jumping in the water! He is supposed to stay down and his cue to leave is my arm swinging back. (He thought of that himself!)
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Jake's rocket run of 1 min. 26 sec. (5 min. allowed) in Level 4 of C-WAGS Scent Detective games. He had to find 4 odors (birch, clove, cypress, lemongrass) in an area of about 1200 sq. Jake thanks you Renea L Dahms of Pawsitively Unleashed in Stevens Point for bringing these fun NOSEWORK games to Central WI! :)
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|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|
|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.|
|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)|
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, October 7, 2016
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!