Shyla and I have been reveling in our daily mountain bike rides. The meadows are brilliantly colored with yellow flowers and even wild irises. It's incredible how fast we transition from Shyla leaping through deep snow to leaping through a deep layer of flowers! Here she is doing a recall through the flowers with snowy mountains in the background.
I've also continued with Shyla's nosework training despite the hours I spend each day on R's rehab. I had hoped that R would be able to do nosework during his recovery but I didn't realize how carefully we had curtail his exercise for the first 8 weeks after his CUE surgery. Just now, he's allowed to start some easy searches.
R's recovery has meant that he's fallen way behind Shyla in nosework. She's been taking nosework classes with me throughout his recovery.
I thought I'd share one evening of four searches. They were outdoor searches where almost "anything goes". When you see her searching in the video, she's tracking down a 2" length of straw that has 2 scented q-tips inside it. She now searches for three different scents: birch, anise, and clove. It's pretty incredible to see how well she can pinpoint the scent outside where there are many competing scents plus wind to complicate matters.
I haven't figured out how to put an arrow on the video to show you where the scent is hidden. Either I have a slide first that tells you where it is or I try to point to it while she searches. My only real job is to keep the leash slack and to point out areas that she hasn't searched yet if she's having a hard time. I also keep track of the wind direction so I can guide her a bit so that she's downwind of the "hide" (hidden scent) if she's struggling at all.
This is part of the Positive Training Blog Hop. I've used nothing but positive training to teach our dogs nosework, mainly with the guidance of Fenzi courses. When Shyla finds the scent in the video, I literally spend 30 seconds to a minute giving her treats, one-by-one, and verbally praising her. I don't put our whole celebration on the video clips because the video would be too long! She adores nosework!!!!!
I hope that you enjoy seeing Shyla do nosework. You can watch our video here or at Youtube.
Happy Positive Training!