Monday, September 24, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
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!
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!!! :)