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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, ADPL4,
SDS-N, ADPL5, ADPCH and ADPL1(2GC)... 30 and counting...






Monday, March 3, 2014

Nosework (6/1)

Here are the videos from last week's class.  I haven been able to upload videos to blogspot for quite awhile, so I've put these on youtube.

The set up was 25 boxes with distractions in them.  The first run was just distractions with no odor.  You get to see a perfect example of what Gimme does when frustrated.  We were instructed to not give the dogs a search cue, rather to move through the area like we were on a walk.  Even without a search cue, the dogs have an expectation of nosework in this location and they get right to work with their noses.  In Gimme's case, not finding any, she decided to entertain herself with a little serial box trashing.

For the second video, you could see that she was catching odor right before we left the startline.  There is still a little box bashing, but when she catches odor at about 20 seconds, then her working style changes from scanning to detailing.  She starts working her way toward odor, starts up the 3rd line with me and cuts it short when we leave the scent cone.  You'll note when she gets to the real deal, I can walk all the way around her and she doesn't leave it.  Dorothy commented that Gimme would "poof" the distraction boxes, stomping them and then smelling all the extra smell that came out. 

For the third video, she is again catching odor from the startline.  You can see her look around briefly, check out the person videoing us, and then pull slightly forward, which is when I release her.  She finds the first one right away, but then gets a bit frustrated and starts trashing instead of actively searching.  She's not really indicating the second box, but Dorothy has me take her back to it and reward it.  I wasn't too keen on rewarding her for not doing her "job", but the results on the last search seem to show that it worked. 

For fourth and final search, she again catches odor from the startline.  I found it interesting that she caught, but continued past the one she'd found before, searching for the new one instead.  She worked through all three of these and did so with a nice fast time - under 1 minute.           02/24/14 Fourth Run
















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