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NW1, RATI, RATN, RATO, NW2, L1I, RATS, L1E, L1C, 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, ADP1(2), ADPL1(GC), ADPL2(2), ADPL2(GC), VPN, AP, UWPCH, ADPL3(2), ADPL3(GC), NC, NI, NE, SCN, SIN, SEN, CZ8B, NV, NN, ADPL4(2), ADPL4(GC), ADPGCH, ADPL5(2), RATCH, CZ8S, AI, TKI, AV, AE, AC, AN, R-FE/X NW3-V, NW3-E, SI and RN, 64 and counting...




Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Urban Tracking (134)

On Saturday, March 23rd, I laid a simple track for Gimme at the old Ford Dealership.  It was about 50 degrees, minimal breeze and sunny.  I carried a container of water so I could hydrate the track as I laid it. 

Gimme and I went up the street to our walking place and I planned to be back in time for a track aged 45 minutes.  Unfortunately that isn't what happened.  I saw a poster for a lost cat and then saw the cat.  So I went back to get the number off the poster to call the owners, but my phone had no coverage.  A lady came along and I was able to use her phone and left them a detailed message where they could find their kitty sleeping in the sun at the base of a tree next to the trail.  I left my number hoping they'd call to say they got the cat, but haven't heard anything.

Anyway all this folderol pushed our track age to 1:10.  Given how dry it's been, it created a much harder track than I wanted, given Gimme's seasonal issues.

She struggled with the first leg and first corner.  Once she got close to the article on the second leg, she settled out and did well until she came to the second corner.  I had to help her with it, but then she did well with the rest of the leg and the third corner as well. 

The bit of her track overlapping the building is actually her going into some open bays there.  There had been a man sitting there in his car eating a sandwich when I laid the track, so perhaps she was looking for crumbs.  Gimme had to figure out which way to go when the track came up along the little wall, where the walkway split into an upper and lower area.  It took her a bit, but she figured it out and was quickly rewarded with the last article.

Can't wait for the bee pollen supplementing to take affect so she doesn't have to work so hard.  Meanwhile I try to plan for positive experiences.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

MDSA online workshop

As a member of Musical Dog Sport Association (MDSA), I get to participate in monthly online workshops.  This month's workshop is focusing on combination moves and also line dance moves. Of course I've been promoting Gimme's Spinotto and Turnizzy combo moves. They've been a huge hit. The line dance moves are fun to learn, but I'm no dancer, so it's challenging to say the least. Naturally Gimme looks good no matter what we do...

MDSA Grapevine videoI found Gimme did better when I didn't take such big steps. We've been working a lot on her sidepasses in practice and I see it comes together nicely when she realizes which behavior we're doing. I really need to put these on cue. Sswhe's doing so much better maintaining alignment. I already use grapevine when I am sidestepping into Gimme, but I start with the step-behind to let her know I'm closing in.

MDSA Heel strut video - Much of the difficulty in this is on my part - trying to get a feel for this dance step. Looking at this right after I edited the sequence video from the next day, I see a big difference in how Gimme is able to move. In the sequence video I moved slower, which is not a smooth speed for Gimme. She's so sweet to put up with my nonsense.

When I shared these two videos with the MDSA list, I made the comment that they weren't working behaviors. Karen took exception to my statement and sweetly edited the two together, putting them to the music by ABBA - Gimme, Gimme, Gimme video.  I can't believe how much better it looks just by adding the music.

MDSA Heel strut sequence video - I was planning a combination of Heel Strut, Heel Close and Rocking Chair. I also thought Gimme would be able to go from "center" to "side" and finish with an "izzy" on the cue "izzy"; likewise with the cue "otto". She's normally so smart she just puts stuff like this together on her own, but I guess this concept was too vague for her. She did this variant once each for "izzy" and "otto", but not afterward.  However, she did notice a dog in the park, so it may have been too distracting. Rocking Chair feels really awkward to me, so I'll probably substitute Montana Kick in the future.

I sent a question to the list about Rocking Chair. I'm wondering if it is intended to be a 4-beat step rather than a 3-beat step. I noticed when I watched the example again, the presenter was doing 1-2-3 Rocking Chair steps and then a quarter turn, making a 4th beat. I was planning to do it stationary (no turn), which created a 3-beat step; maybe why it felt so awkward. Perhaps it would feel more natural if I paused between iterations, making it a 4-beat.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Urban Tracking (130-133)

On Friday, March 15th, Nadine and I met at Game Farm Park. The temperature was 47º, sunny and bright with no noticeable breeze. I asked Nadine to lay a track through our little stonehenge, which we aged an hour. Gimme had difficulty with stonehenge last time, so I wanted to revisit the challenge.

The track starts in the upper left of the picture (about 1/4th down from the top), above the playground. Gimme started off well. It was a little challenging to get through the playground with the wood chips, but she figured it out. She went straight down the leg and up to the stonehenge. It didn't take her very long to realize the track went straight through.

Where she really had a challenge was the two corners at the start and end of the second leg (bottom of the picture). She was searching all over the place, checking all the trees and anything else, using the whole 40' line. I actually gave her extra room to explore, by going with her a bit and then stepping back to the track when she moved toward it. It was as if the track suddenly disappeared. She struggled with both of these corners, missed the article mid-leg, and only got through this part of the track because I helped her a lot. The grass was very dry in this field and the ground was dusty.

When she got to the third leg she started tracking normally again, getting better and better as she went along. This leg runs parallel to the river about 150 yards away and the trees provide shade, so the ground stays more moist. She found the article, aced the third corner in the midst of pine needles and then found the final article.

Nadine happened to mention she'd gotten a high-pollen-level alert on her cellphone first thing and then I realized we were about in the time when Gimme started struggling with pollen last year. I went home and researched how to use bee pollen and started her on it right away. It will take about a month for her to get the full benefit. I've put it on my calendar so I can start her on it before the pollen season next year.

On Saturday, March 16th, I layed a track for Gimme at Flaming Geyser and aged it 2:10. It was 48º with nominal breeze. Gimme was loosely on the track for the first half of the first leg. She didn't find the baby sock article on the first leg (light blue). I had it well triangulated and couldn't spot it either, so I think a crow must have taken off with it.

Gimme did a great job on the first and second corners and found both articles. Right after the article on the third leg, Gimme was sort of unsteady and stumbled for a few steps and so I had her stop searching a little. After a few seconds she was fine and wanted to go on, so I let her. Once she got back on the track, she did fine. She almost missed the article right after the road crossing, because it was down in the ditch. From there to the end she did a great job.

At the time I had no explanation for the unsteady behavior. I did remember she did something similar at the urban tracking seminar in Bow last year.  Last year when it happened I thought she was going to have a seizure, but then she recovered quickly and went on with her track. This was the first time I realized she had an issue with pollen. During the pollen season the two years prior we weren't really doing urban tracking, so I probably missed it. By comparison, field tracking has more available scent, but it's no cake walk either.

On Sunday, March 17th, I laid a track for Gimme near the MCSA building. I aged it 90 minutes and the temperature was 52º, no breeze. Gimme did a great job on the first leg and first corner, finding both articles.

Up under the trees the ground was all dried pine needles. Gimme struggled with the corner and I kept getting the line tangled in the trees. It was so dry in there and I ended up needing to help her get through the corner and out of the trees. I'll try the tracking through the needles again some time.

She did pick up the track on the pavement, but soon did her unsteady routine. I had her stop and breathe and then she went on.  She almost missed the article midway on the third leg, but then she caught it. It took her a bit to restart on this leg and she was uncertain about the slight bend at the corner of the building. We got across the road. She struggled with the last 45-degree corner, but then she dragged me to the last article. 

Gimme is really working hard to overcome the challenge with the pollen issues. I think she may be breathing so hard, it's like she's hyperventilating a bit. So when I get her to stop, she has a chance to catch her breath. Also all the extra breaths may be drying out her nasal passages. So it occurred to me the next time I saw her seem unsteady or if she was struggling with a section of the track, then I'd stop her for a water break which would address both issues. I'd also use the opportunity to re-scent her.  Can't hurt, might help.

On Thursday, March 21st, Nadine and I met at Auburn Cinema. I asked Nadine to lay a simple track for Gimme. I also gave her a bottle of water so she could hydrate the track. It was 50º and there was a slight breeze.

 Gimme did really well for the first part of the track where Nadine hydrated the track (blue line). When Nadine realized she was going to run out of water, she started using it only in the open spaces between the islands (grey line). She ran out of water entirely at the long curb where she walked in the leaves (black line).

Gimme had difficulty with the right turn away from the curb (far right side of picture) and was working all over using he whole line and more, trying to find the track again. I stopped her and gave her water, then re-scented her. She was then able to find the track and continue on to the end without further issues.

So, it seems like hydrating and re-scenting her when she has difficulty is a good plan. I'll be continuing this whenever she needs it. It's probably a good plan for always, certainly during the warm season. Meanwhile another three weeks and she should be doing better when the bee pollen supplements take affect.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

RFE practice (89)

I spent the first session videoing skills for the RFE Novice Skills test. I'd do each behavior 2-3 times with treats and then once without. I got ten novice behaviors done and about half of those are acceptable. In order to pass the test and earn the title I have to get an average score of 8.35 on 15 behaviors (which must include bow). Clearly we have some more work to do.

Freeshape pivot-in-a-bucket video - I saw this bit in a Crufts routine, by Leslie and her Bearded Collie, Dewy. I'm impressed with everything she does - to start, just because she's starting with not-a-BC. Beardies are not known for their performance abilities, so I'm doubly impressed. Anyway, Dewy puts his front feet in a bucket, then pivots around with his back feet. I figured Gimme could do it easily. I didn't count on her being confused by a behavior I taught her with a similar size/shape container we used to go to General Patton's Bring Your Own Box facebook party. The box I used to freeshape this day was about the same size, but shorter, so it was easier to get all four feet inside. Her attempts to pivot were more of a hop than she usually does; I think from her conflict/confusion between "pivot" and "box". I turned it over to let her pivot on it and it helped a little. It didn't help that the daycare dogs were in full screech and very distracting. Interestingly, the best pivots we got were in the opposite direction than normal. I want to do this again, but will start with her "brick" (pivot target) in a shallow box and then work from there.

Freeshaping "beep" video - One of the ladies on the MDSA list had the idea I should freeshape Gimme to back-weave three cones. For the time being, I've decided to break it down further to only do two cones at a time, creating the "beep" and "boop" behaviors. Then I'll put them together, followed by inserting myself into the behavior to get our backward weaves. It's an intriguing idea, which takes the stress out of backing under me, so we are working on it. She's not normally stressed by "under", but this behavior has developed poorly and there is frustration, which is turning to stress. As is par for Gimme, everything has to be embellished with one or more of her backing favorites. In this case she keeps trying to turn it into "bacon". Note how quickly she develops a superstitious head turn - just one imperfectly timed click is all it takes. In watching this video, I see I also failed to adjust my criteria as I made the task harder - bad me.

We've since done a session in the living room using bleach bottles and she made a huge leap in understanding. She totally dropped any effort to put her feet on the bottle-cones. And more importantly, she was turning her body as she backed, making a slight s-curve. I wish I had video of it.

I ended the day with a short session doing some more video's for the skills test. It'll probably take awhile to get them all done to my satisfaction. I'm sure we'll get there...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Nosework class (4/36)

I'd been down with sinusitus (sinus inflammation) for several days, so Gimme was desperate for class and I was decidedly sub-par. I was going to call Dorothy and tell her I wouldn't be there, but Gimme told me, "If we don't go to class, I will lose my mind and you are not going to like it."  Clearly we know who is the boss of who.

At the time of this class, I thought Gimme lacked focus because she was so excited to finally get out and do something and so was overrunning her nose. Since then I've realized Gimme is having trouble with the pollen again this year. The pollen count is verrrrry high and she's had some issues with tracking.

Container 1 video - There was no hide in this interior, but after checking all the boxes she alerted anyway. I think she was just desperate to give me something. I should have moved as if to walk away before accepting her indication - I know she'll go with me if she's faking it.

Container 2 video - Notice how quickly she goes toward odor in this small space and how definite her indication is. Also she also doesn't seem interested in even checking the other boxes - just as if she knows something. Hmmmm...

Dorothy tells me not to move boxes back into place with my foot in a trial. I run the risk of getting scent on my foot and then spreading it all over the search area.

2 indications video - I've put these two indications into one very short video. I notice two differences in how she alerts. Can you see them?

Container 3 video - She overruns her nose, but being on leash and with me keeping her in the search area (boxes along the wall), she's able to find a hide. Then she missed the last one on the line. She was able to find it when I slowed her down, but you'll see her indication isn't as definite as the other one. Those boxes are really tight, so there isn't as much scent available.

Container 4 video - For this search there were boxes on and between chairs in a circle. Gimme usually prefers to search high. She finds the hide pretty quick, and then doesn't want to even check the rest. I have her check them anyway.

A point Dorothy made that isn't on the video, is that if you run into a situation where you aren't sure if you've called a hide, it's better to call it again. The only time it'll get you in trouble is if you know how many hides you have and think you are done.

Container 5 video - This time we have a line of containers along the sidewalk. She finds the first hide (right off the startline) immediately. When I swing her back down the line, she finds the second hide readily. If you watched carefully you might have seen her pay just a titch more attention to it than to the others - which I see on video but did not see in real time. She definitely walked the last container. Dorothy thought she was going to fast, I think she just wasn't getting much scent. She gets it when I slow her waaaay down, but even then she goes back and forth between it and the one next to it before making a decision.

These exterior searches were really tight/busy search areas. There was also a "bonus" hide somewhere between the search areas.

Exterior 1 video - Gimme finds the hide very quickly. It was definitely a challenge to manage the line... I dubbed it a leash-not-handling exercise.

Exterior bonus video - Finding this was a piece of cake. I didn't think to ask what the point was for a bonus hide between search areas. I suppose it was to see if the dogs were still searching between searches, or perhaps to demonstrate they are, whether we are aware of it or not.

Exterior 2 video - The next search area is right over the jumble of pipes and Gimme wanted to go there. She finds the first hide pretty well - kinda cute how she sticks her whole head down in the pipe. But, then wants to leave the search area, when there was still another hide. She is able to find the second hide when I bring her back in. I think her willingness to leave hides is connected to her hay fever - she's just not getting as much scent information as she is accustomed to.

Exterior 3 video - Note how she is willing to leave right off the bat, as if she isn't getting any scent. She does a really nice job finding the first hide when I get her into its vicinity. Unfortunately the camera cut off and you miss the second hide, which was at the far end of the large pipe. She checked it once, but had to go back to it to be sure.
Container 6 no video - This is her best search of the class, which unfortunately we didn't get on video because the camera battery died. They took all the container hides and all the containers and placed them in one big circle. Gimme did well with all 6 of them, though she did have a little difficulty deciding on the black box hide (the boxes with the tight seams)

I've started Gimme on bee pollen, but it's too soon to see if it will help with her hay fever...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Urban Tracking (129)

On Saturday, March 9th, I laid a track around the Burlington building. It was 47º and no breeze when I set the track. Then I went to a movie and we ran the track 2:10 later. By then there was a breeze, but I didn't notice it until we got by the back corner behind the building.

The first leg appears to switchback on itself, but it wasn't as bad as it looks. (it's hard to see in the picture because the bushes obscure the black track line)  While the switchback was only five yards from the line of the start, it was also 12 feet lower through big bushes. Gimme didn't have any problem with it. We were walking/tracking on ivy creeping across the sidewalk, which probably helped. Gimme did a great job getting across the street, even though there was a fair amount of traffic, but she had good scent holding surface and vegetation on the other side. For the first part of this leg she did really well cruising down the islands.

The place where there are two short orange lines crossing the track proved more challenging than the other spots between islands. Based on the parking lot layout, I think a lot of people drove down this aisle. Gimme was able to find the track on the curb of the next island and got through the left turn and the first part of the next leg without a hitch. The next trouble spot was the place where the two longer orange lines cross the track. This was a main traffic point in the parking lot and Gimme really struggled with it. She just couldn't find the scent anywhere out there. For her it just stopped. I finally helped her to a spot where I knew it was and then she went on to where the next corner was.

Along the side and the back edge between their property and the greenbelt/swamp, they have a long line of those huge concrete freeway dividers, with chainlink on top. The back corner (upper right in the picture) bumped against a divider and then turned 75º left. This corner is really the first place on the track where I noticed the breeze. Gimme was all over top of the dividers and sticking her nose in the cutouts under them. She had no interest in going left - zero, zip, nada. Based on her behavior I've drawn a blue line showing what I think the breeze was doing. I tried encouraging her left, but she wanted to take a sharp hook to the side of the building, repeatedly. I let her do it a couple times, but she wasn't able to get from there to the track. I helped her by organizing her search until she caught the drift of the article.

From there to the end of the track she had no problem. It took me 10 minutes to lay the track and it took Gimme 28 minutes to run it. I don't think we've ever had such a big difference between the time to lay it and the time to run it. On a positive note, Gimme never gave up - she IS persistent.

I want to repeat the two challenges again, but in separate tracks. I want to repeat the traffic crossing going in the other direction, so she has a curb to find the scent on. Then we'll do it off to the side, which will be the same amount of traffic. Maybe even slicing the angle or something. Likewise I want to do the breeze challenge in the back corner a couple of different ways, so Gimme can conquer it earlier in the track and/or without another big challenge in the same track.

Tracking with such a smart girl is a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Nosework class (3/36)

Our first search was a large exterior space. Last week's class was about people crowding a hide location and this week was simply a crowded space. Gimme is in season, but fortunately could care less about her attire when searching.

Exterior search video - The beginning of this search was cut off - basically she went straight to the hide from the startline. The startline is the change from dark to light pavement at the bottom of the screen. I was so involved with what Gimme was doing and I had a migraine, so forgot to say "alert" on the second hide. (the end of the parking stripes on the right side was the search area perimeter) She stutter-stepped by the drainpipe so I took her back; she rechecked it and left. On the way back toward the startline, she briefly sniffs the drain on the move, but keeps going. When I turned her back toward it, she finds it readily. Drains do strange things with the movement of scent.

Interior 1 search video - They filled the foyer with things to make it a cluttered area. Luckily Gimme isn't much bothered by clutter. Needless to say, leash handling was a bit of a challenge. Gimme finds the first hide really fast and keeps trying to go back to it. Had this been a blind search I might have called finish before the second hide. All the dogs found the second hide challenging; Gimme was the fastest.

Interior 2 search video - Gimme is quick to find the first hide. It takes a bit longer on the second hide, but once she gets in the right area she catches drift from it and it doesn't take long to source and indicate.

Interior 3 search video - Thankfully this time we get to go off leash. She found the first hide and gave the briefest indication, leaving before I could pay her. I would have paid for the weak indication if only she would stick the hide, but once she left, I really couldn't pay for it. Sticking the hide is a very important part of the indication. She's very quick to find the second hide and indicates clearly. You can't see it on the video, but she's got her nose under the chair and then keeps looking at me over the chair. It was damn cute. She goes by the first hide a couple of times before she finally indicates - dramatically. It seemed she was annoyed at me for not paying up on the earlier fly-by-indication so only condescended to indicate again when she couldn't find anything else. She does have attitude.

Interior 4 search video - This time the room was opened up and the hides were all moved. Gimme finds the one on the step-platform quickly and then finds the one in the box at the far end of the room. She misses the one under the step-platform, but then gets one under a chair. From there she goes to the hide on the step-platform (the first one she finds) and when I say, "Thank you - find me another one" she goes forward a bit and catches scent from the hide on the ladder - which she indicates seconds later. I stayed near the threshold and she worked around me until the found the threshold hide in the file box. As I wander to the far end of the room where hide number six is, she happens to step on the step-platform, then whips back to indicate it. It was a long search, but six is a lot of hides.

She did a nice job on her searches. I wasn't sure how well we'd do, since my shoulder was out of joint, hurting me a lot and affecting my focus. Fortunately Gimme was able to take up the slack and do well without my help.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

RFE practice (88)

I didn't know what to expect since Gimme was coming into season. Sometimes she's bolder and better when she's in season and sometimes the opposite. I started out having her find positions, adding "fanny" into the mix, to get into her training brain. It was a little challenging because of the screeching young dog in daycare.

Heeling video - After she got focused we did some heeling and I was trying to mark the best parts. I missed some good opportunities and my timing was off on others. I lost her for a bit when a dog in daycare was squeaking a toy. She wasn't going to get past it on her own, so I led her to the far end of the room to work and dramatically increased the rate of reinforcement. Then we played treat chasing briefly before heeling on the other side. As luck would have it I clicked and half a second later the dog squealed again, but a treat was on its way to Gimme, so I kept her attention despite the distraction. She drifted very wide on the corner closest to daycare, but came back on her own.

 
Center pivot video - I started with CCW pivot, since Gimme has the most difficulty maintaining position and a tendency to turn it into "otto". In this direction I slow it down to one-eighth turns and spit treats to her. She's mostly out of position by then and I have to wait for her to get back in position before rewarding. I did some pivots where I changed direction. In watching this, I think the multiple changes of direction worked the best.
 
Sidepasses video - We'd already worked a lot so we only did a little bit of this. She's improving nicely.
 
"Izzy" & "otto" handler turns reverse video - We will need this in advanced and it's not something I've worked. Gimme picked up handler turning reverse in forward circles, so I'm sure she'll pick this up too. Note how fast she's gotten on her "izzy", which used to be her bad side. I checked the exercise description and it seemed vague, so I watched the video on the RFE website. I only need to turn once and Gimme turns at least twice. Given how fast she is, it'll likely be more than two turns. I'm certain we haven't tried this before, so she did great.
 
"Away" with platform video - I tried a number of things I wasn't completely happy with. I started with a target stick, but got a spin on the platform, instead of stopping facing "away". Looking at this makes me wonder if it might have worked better with peanut butter on the target stick, for her to lick while maintaining position - more as a treat delivery option than as a target. Leaving the target stick out and just using treat delivery to encourage the position (hand luring) worked pretty well and I got some brief pauses in position. I thought tossing the treat in front of her when she turned "away" also had promise. It was very hard to get the timing right on the toss. I was trying to click her turn and I can see in the video I was terribly late, clicking when her head was turned past 180º and back toward me. I tried positioning her and giving her a wait cue, then clicking when she'd happen to turn her head forward. The trouble with this was the huge decrease in rate of reinforcement, so she was getting frustrated. I tried placing treats on a little cone to give her something to focus on. It worked a little better so I brought in her special bowl for another session at this.
 
"Away" with platform and special bowl video - I started out doing "wait" on the platform while I walked around her. Then I positioned her with "wait" while I moved behind her and waited for her to look at the special bowl. However, from what I'm seeing on the video, it doesn't look like she's actually looking at it, just in its direction. This makes sense, since our training has been to be aware of it, but not overly focused on it and we've even heeled around it where she gets rewarded for not even looking at it, though it may only be a foot out of our path. I think I'm going to make a freestanding target stick and teach her to look at it and do a sustained nose touch to it. Then it will be less confusing.
 
"East" & "west" video - We just recently started training this and it's coming along very well. It helps when you start with a canine genius.
 
"Boop" & "beep" video - This continues to be a challenge. I started with "boop" because it is a more challenging direction for her to turn her heiney. I waited too long to start on "beep", so it's taking a bit to get going. I was using the spot against the table so I could use the mirror to know when to click - aiming for the moment when she turns her heiney. After struggling to set up a mirror at home, I discovered I don't need one. If I look down my leg on the side she is backing to, I can click just as any part of her appears and it will be close enough timing.
 
I've also been discussing this on the MDSA list and Ilona gave me a good idea. So now I'm freeshaping Gimme to weave backward through obstacles. I'm using two bottles of bleach for a start and I'm approaching it very much like the way they train 2x2 weave poles. Gimme being Gimme has her own little twist on it. She is pretty certain it'll be more interesting if she puts her feet on top of the bleach bottle. Never a dull moment...
 
Since this practice she has come in season and will surely be completely out before we meet this Thursday.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nosework class (2/36)

I told Dorothy about my observation regarding Gimme's missed hides in the interiors at the NW3 trial, asking that we work on it in class. I was sure Gimme wasn't intimidated or concerned by the nearby person, just distracted.

Dorothy brought up the idea some dogs might be "polite", as if they thought the person owned the hide. None of the dogs in our class are concerned about people, but they all took their time about claiming the hide, getting faster as we did more exercises. I hope we do this again from time to time.

Interior 1 human distraction search video - There is just one hide on the front corner of the black chair with someone sitting on either side of it. It seems all the dogs in the class the day before were investigating trapping odor on the grey cart. Gimme didn't take too long, but these are familiar people and sitting.

Interior 2 human distraction search video - This time the hide is on the same chair, but up against a table where there are four people sitting. Dorothy is one of the people sitting, so the video is "odd" (she needed a swivel chair). She makes the point about dog expectations regarding where the hide is - i.e. not near a lot of people. Gimme definitely gives the group of us and the table a pass and only after she has thoroughly checked the rest of the room does she seem to pay attention when near the table - she passed by it once earlier, but showed no sign of noting odor.

Interior 3 human distraction search video - This time the chair was laid flat on the floor with 2 people standing close to it. Gimme was much quicker to get to it once she caught the drift of scent.

Interior 4 human distraction search video - This time the hide was on the same chair, laying on its side in the tiny foyer (about 8'x10') with everyone standing in the room. Although this was very crowded, Gimme was super fast to find the hide. I think the small space concentrated the scent picture and by then she was used to all of us behaving strangely. Very nice.

This is more human distraction than she should ever encounter at a trial, though I've had interior searches which were almost as tight as this last exercise. Ideally I'd like to do this enough to go waaaay beyond what we'd encounter so strange-human distraction at a trial would be blasé.