Intro To Nose Work: The Finale

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.

Ready For College?

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!

6-Week Classes

Puppy Kindergarten

Puppy II (x2)

Proofing (x2)

Rally Novice

Rally Advanced/Excellent

Agility I

Agility II (only 1/2 the class as he decided to eat rocks and hence needed surgery)

Intro To Nose Work

3-Week Workshops

Practicing Self-Control (x2)

Reliable Recall

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!