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, ADP-L1, ADP-L2, TD, UWP, ADP-L3 and NTD...
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nosework (5/2 & 6/2)

I honestly don't remember that much from class last week.  I know we did some interiors and as I recall, Gimme did fine.  That was when my hand was really starting to bother me.  Right after class I went to one of my accounts that was supposed to be a store installation.  I was there several hours, but they cancelled the installation.  At the time I was feeling pretty crappy and didn't realize that the infection in my hand was ravaging all of me.  And of course, whatever I might have remembered flew totally out of my head during the ensuing week, emergency room and hospitalization experiences. 

This week, the theme was all Easter stuff.  We started with about 40 plastic Easter eggs on a long strip of grass and into the landscaping, beside the building.  There were 4 hides and Gimme did a reasonable job of finding them, hampered as she was by Miss Clumsy Hand.  All the dogs blew by the egg at the threshold, including Gimme.  Some seemed to have a hard time believing there could be odor in the eggs. 

Our second search was in a small area with a dozen Easter baskets and an egg in each one.  There were two hides.  Gimme aced this.

The third search was a lot of containers.  Lots of egg cartons, berry baskets and other boxes, with three hides.  Gimme did nicely... she was moderate in her first and third indications, but just had to trash that darn berry basket.

For the fourth search we did the same containers, with two hides set kind of close together for a converging odor challenge.  They let me have a break and we did this search off leash.  There was no sign that Gimme thought this was a challenge. 

My finger continues to improve, though slowly.  It still looks terrible to me, as if someone used a blowtorch on it - yuck.  And it still hurts a lot - though the clear sign of improvement is that I can now manage the pain without the hard drugs.  That means Gimme and I are getting out and about more (we went for a much needed walk on the fort) and I'm back to work. 

Tonight we are going to agility class.  I'm not sure what I'll be able to do, since anything that gets my circulation churned up really makes my finger throb.  I may just pick a couple short sequences that I can work on perfecting with Gimme without having to move around too much myself.

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