It felt very strange and, I have to admit, a little disappointing that we weren’t going to our Nose Work class last night. Last Wednesday was our final class for Intro to Nose Work and what a wild ride it was! Pongo ended his nose work class on a great note. I think we’ve found something he really loves to do, and it is so much fun watching him work. We start Nose Work Level 2 on May 25th and can’t wait to go! Until then, we’ll be practicing, practicing, practicing.
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We learned very quickly that if we don’t keep Pongo busy, he’ll find ways to entertain himself that are totally unacceptable: chasing kitties, climbing the 3-tiered cat condo, watching out the window ready to bark at those pesky dogs who walk by, and so much more. In his short 22-month life, Pongo has participated in a total of 13 1/2 classes!
Puppy II (x2)
Agility II (only 1/2 the class as he decided to eat rocks and hence needed surgery)
Intro To Nose Work
Practicing Self-Control (x2)
Attention & Leash Work
We are currently in one of my favorite classes, and what I believe to be Pongo’s favorite too: Intro To Nose Work (Alaska Dog Sports).
A little explanation of what is going on in the video: During Week 2 while we hold and distract Pongo, a treat is hidden in a “food” box. Pongo then has to find it. If dogs are having a hard time finding the treat, Liz, our trainer will try to direct the dog to the area where the treat is hidden by throwing boxes or making a distraction in that area. The treat Pongo was looking for was in the box on the chair. We are going on Week 5 and the treat is now hidden in a small metal container that has a small opening on the side so the scent can escape. The area he has to search has also grown bigger. I will definitely be posting more videos on his progress, as he’s getting better and better every week!