Titles Achieved to date...

Monumental A to Z High On Liberty
NW1, NW2, L1I, L1E, L1C, RATI, RATN, RATO, RATS, L1V, L2C, L2I, L2E, RATM,
R-FE/N, PKD-TL, PKD-N, ADPL1, ADPL2, TD, UWP, ADPL3, NTD, TKN, L2V and ADPL4...
26 and counting...


Monday, March 24, 2014

Nosework (4/2)

I really don't have anything special to report.  Class was held outdoors with hides in the lawn area alongside the sidewalk.  The first search had 6 hides in the grass.  The second had two higher ones (on a fire hydrant and an electrical conduit box).  The third had both of them, plus two higher ones.

Gimme didn't do very well in the first search.  She finally found them all, but was clearly unfocused - though working.  I realized today is day 16 of her season... and that's about the time that she temporarily looses her working ability.  The ORT that she totally blew, acting as if she'd never heard of odor before was on day 15.  Funny I don't find she has trouble with other work - like obedience or tricks during her hot days, but any scent work seems to be more challenging.

I'd forgotten to bring pairing cookies, so just used some bits of marshmallow that were in the car (in the tin of treats for agility class).  For the second and third searches I smeared the tiniest bit of peanut butter on them and that helped cut through the fog for her.

Dorothy made a comment about how much better Gimme is doing using peanut butter as her sole reward and especially how her paw indicator isn't so forceful.  Of course, there wasn't a box in sight, so I'm sure that was the real reason.  <g>

This is a skip week for agility, so she'll get a break.  I'm planning to take her out to the fort for a romp first thing tomorrow morning - if its available for use.

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