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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,
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Nosework (4/18)

We had two interior searches tonight, 7 hides each.

For the first search, we were to stay inside the chalk line (drawn on the floor).  Once the dog committed to a direction, we were to stick with it all the way around.  After which, we'd reverse course and go the other way.  All the hides were on the perimeter.  If they bypassed a hide we were to let them.  Interior search 1 video  Gimme did a good job with this - basically 12 hides in 5 minutes.

Most dogs didn't do really consistent searching until they got halfway around the room.  I think this is because we don't have warm-up boxes most of the time at classes.  When we do, I notice Gimme does better on her first search.  I always use the warm-up box before the first search in a grouping at trials.  For instance its usual to have to back-to-back elements in the morning and then again in the afternoon.  So I would do warm-up boxes before each.  At this trial I did them before all the elements, except the last one, because they were done individually.

For the second search they moved all the hides to the middle of the room and we had to stay outside the chalk line.  Interior search 2 video  Gimme did really well, missing two hides on the first loop.  Dorothy had me come back to get the one on the recycle bin, but then didn't let me continue; I think she forgot Gimme had bypassed the black stool.  Still, Gimme got 6 hides in under 3 minutes, even with all the leg licking.

Even though my plan was to stay in the search area after she finds all the hides, obviously I couldn't do this in tonight's searches.  There was no place I could have directed her to search in the area far enough from an actual hide.  So I didn't think it would accomplish anything toward our goal.  I could always set up some 1 hide searches on my own.

She's contentedly snoozing in front of the fan.  Fortunately its supposed to cool off quite a bit for the rest of the week.

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