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Greater Seattle Area - Barn Hunt Fun Match and mini workshop (Sunday, July 21st in Fife, WA)
  • sandrat888sandrat888
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  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    Wanted to pipe in and say if you can get to an event go for it....

    I also wanted to post some video of our experiences.

    Introduction to the rat: http://youtu.be/Fdj6Qy7joyQ
    Instinct test: http://youtu.be/YxW_iRSw3jY

    Will be great to see any photos you may take at the WA fun match. : )

    Have fun!
    Snf
  • sandrat888sandrat888
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  • StaticNfuzzStaticNfuzz
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    We had a great time and we may trial at some point for barn hunt down the road. I do actually think nose work helped me to read my dog better in this case. He caught on pretty fast and had no problem making contact with the hay bales and tunneling to get to the other side quickly. Had I not understood his signals I would not have known he was on odor since he moves around a bit and tends to fan out.

    Transitioning from visual in practice, to hidden on the instinct portion I think threw him off a bit at first since he may have been looking for other scent such as birch or anise I am guessing. He was able to find the novel scent (rat) in this case and generalize his skills to signal he found the rodent and not the bedding.

    It certainly was interesting watching everyone work, as each dog had it's own style when zeroing in on the rat. Specific breeds have specific ways of nosing around it seems.

    In any case, I really do like nose work in general for starters in developing good interaction between dog and handler in a non obtrusive way. I have see quite few shy dogs really come into their own with nose work.

    I hope a few Shiba owners make it the Fife event and post some pictures of their dogs trying out the BH just for the fun of it. : )

    Snf