Knowing that Jake has the basics of Nosework from the Fenzi online courses prompted us to enter a course with other dogs which I knew would be a distraction. Enter Lynsie Bernier with Ideal DOG. We were put in the NW2 class with 5 other super friendly handlers and their dogs. I knew Jake’s issue would be the distractions of other dogs and yes, I was correct. But that’s why we’re taking the course. He initially started tracking/sniffing the 5 dogs who went before him and needed a bit of prompting to understand his job. I have no doubt this will be worked out in short order as he just needs to understand his job!
This video is reduced from 6 to 2 minutes to show his great obedience to the odor when he indicates it. This is something we practice daily and he really understands what he is supposed to do!
When we got home I placed 10 hides in my bedroom and bathroom and let them age 4 hours. Some were accessible and others not, but with each of them he maintained odor obedience even though he couldn’t actually see the tins, straws and chapstick type tubes with the scented Q-tips in until I took a photo and released him!