Odor Trial Result

He did it! Birch is finally achieved and on record!

The day was cold, breezy, sunny and beautiful. Moby was excited and rather difficult to get focused on the task at hand.

A Video clip of our 2 min experience! Click the link below:

http://www.creekwalkerphoto.com/Photo-Gallery/Brownsville-ORT-Feb-17-2018/n-rwV6jF/i-JZvdwvV/A

Thanks to Creek Walker photography for the images!

More training to come before we enter any events. He needs to become more confident with strange people around and scary new environments.

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Another trial

More Nosework News

Is Moby ready for the next ORT tomorrow? I’m not sure, but we have our fingers crossed! He has started back with class again since Hazel had a personality switch during an 18 day dog sitting situation. She liked the new friends at first, but grew tired of their constant presence after a couple days. Hazels shift has been good for Moby. He is loving the attention!

Saturday morning, he will be taking in the sites of Brownsville OR. My biggest concern is that he will go psycho and turn into Kujo. Of course, that’s my brain dramatizing the worst scenario. He should be fine with it. It’s only one test and I personally know the site and interior space. I just need to be calm and let him show me the correct box. Maybe we can get a few photos of him searching from the photographer.

Fingers crossed! I’ll let you know tomorrow afternoon!

Hazel gets to stay home and help her dad.

Boxes of Scent 

Odor Recognition Trials are set for Saturday, December 3 in Oregon City and Hazel is registered for Birch, Clove and Anise. We’re still working on scent responses. Let’s fill in the background. Hazel and I have been working on scent training,which is a rapidly growing sport in the USA. The ORT’s are required to actually compete in trials. One doesn’t have to get serious about the game, just taking classes helps stimulate your dogs brain. 

To practice for the odor trials, I place 6 unmarked boxes out on the floor (or 5 as in the below photo). At the event, there will be 12 boxes (2 rows of 6 or one straight row of 12).


 One box has a small tin of scent inside (cotton tipped ear swabs that have resided in a glass lidded jar with one of the 3 scents).


Hazels job is to investigate each box and let me know which one contains the scent. She alerts me by smelling, sitting down (at the box),and looking up at me before receiving a food reward. I’m always surprised at her enthusiasm change when the treats are extra good! She plops her little butt down and looks right at me so fast! Bacon and turkey are wonderful motivators. 

This is a timed event. The dogs have 10 seconds to start across the starting line and 3min total on the course. 

We will be pushing the box searches all week. Normally I hide the scent tins in bookshelves, under chairs, on chairs, taped to the walls, and even some closed drawers. Her skills and focus continues to increase and I’m trying to keep up with her. The next round of classes start on December 6th! Below is a video of her searching boxes outside during a rain break.