Follow That Nose…

I’m an awful blogger – I nearly forgot to share these great pics of Nick working with Meadow at her K-9 Nose Work class last week. I’m happy to say, she has done really well in her first two classes. This past one…she really only balked at one box, but Nick encouraged her to “Be Brave” and finally she stuck her head in and got the food all on her own!

Plus, our little V is getting to meet lots of new human friends carrying treats, and I believe these classes are going to do wonders for her shyness around strange people. And on top of that, Meadow has a really sharp sense of smell, and she is finding the food much faster than either Leah or Toby ever do! I guess Meadow relied on that great nose of hers to help keep her fed while she was on the run.

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Jodi says:

    It looks like Meadow had a ball! I cannot wait until they schedule a nosework class so Delilah can start too. Maybe I should just start practicing at home.

    • Donna says:

      We practiced hiding food around the yard and a little in the house to get Meadow used to the idea for a while now, but I had also done it with Leah and Toby previously, so I knew how they normally start them learning, and how to bend it a bit for Meadow since there was NO WAY initially that she would stick her head inside scary boxes. :-)

      If you decide to work on it at home first, and have any questions, you know where to find me Jodi! :-)

  2. Melissa Ott says:

    I’ve been looking for a class like this around us but can’t find one

    • Donna says:

      A trainer had suggested the classes for Toby way back when, but it was at least another year before I found someone offering it by me too. The sport seems to be coming around, but slowly…

  3. Teri says:

    Looks like they had great fun and what a great way to build her confidence. I am thinking I might start some of that with my Riley as an activity we can do while he is semi-restricted on exercise.

    • Donna says:

      Yeah, that would be a great thing to keep Riley busy without worrying about jumps, and it certainly keeps their minds busy too. :-) Toby can no longer jump thanks to a cyst on his wrist, so I retired him from Rally, but he LOVES the Nose Work. It’s also good for senior dogs too, which is why I was taking Leah for a while, until she started having some behavioral issues a while back and one of my trainers suggested it was time to make her a home dog for a bit. :-)

  4. Looks like a fun class.

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