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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thankful Thursday - R's Return to Nosework!

It's been almost 11 weeks since R's elbow surgery ("CUE" surgery), and we're feeling thankful for how far he's come. I'll be sharing a full update soon of his gait and exercises. However, for today, I wanted to do something different.

Until his surgery, I had been teaching nosework to both R and Shyla. Then, R had to drop out to protect his elbow. He has done almost no nosework since early April, which is sad because he really loves it!

I thought that you might enjoy seeing a video of R and Shyla doing nosework yesterday. R was limited to the easier and low-height searches (no jumping for him yet). However it was super fun to see how FAST he remembered the game!!!

In the video, I was doing the searches with Shyla "blind" - meaning that the Runner hid them and I didn't know where they were. Normally, I hide them and then let the dogs search for them. It was my first time doing "blind" searches, and it was fun to see how obvious it was when Shyla found the scent!

I hope that you enjoy the video here or at Youtube.

If you have an underconfident dog like Shyla - notice how completely confident she is during nosework. She doesn't lean on me to help her. Instead, she confidently searches and succeeds! I think nosework is a great game for fearful dogs. Indeed, one of you (who shall remain nameless) suggested that I try nosework with Shyla. Thank you!

And thank goodness that R is on the mend.
It's a Thankful Thursday all around!


  1. Awe! They are so cute doing their searches! I really need to get my dogs more into nosework. They really like it too!

  2. Amazing how much better R's gait is. Hooray! His recall of the "game" is impressive.

  3. It really is so nice to see R moving about like that and having fun too!

  4. Their tails are wagging and they are having so much fun. You have a lovely home

  5. Such fun to watch. Great job from both Shyla and R!!!

  6. I loved the video, and the wagging tails - What fun it is for them, which is what really counts!

  7. I would be thankful too, for them both and you as well to be out, having nosework fun, and to see you in summer gear. When I come up, maybe bring my sewing machine too?? Leave out other heavy stuff in case it is overweight!!! p.s. we have both fires lit, about 1 Celsius, frost on all the lawn, might be a ripper when we get to tomorrow morning.

  8. We love watching the two of you do your nosework! Great job, both of you!

  9. It's great to see you "at work" R...

  10. Hari OM
    it is such wonderful news that the surgery has done the necessary!!! hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  11. We are so happy that R is doing better and healing do great work with both R and Shayla. Hugs stella rose

  12. Very impressive! When R barked Stanley kept answering him BOL!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. Great job R. So happy to see you healing
    Lily & Edward

  14. So thrilled R is well enough to participate in your activities again. YAY!

  15. Good job R !! Were so happy for you!


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