We are a bit behind on our nosework homework. I realized that I was moving too fast, which resulted in some holes in our training, so I back tracked for over a week, building the background skills.
I also think my training sessions were too long, which was causing frustration (me & the dogs). Now, I set a 2 minute timer to keep myself from overdoing it. We do two 2 minute sessions a day.
At this point, Chewy is a bit ahead of Oreo. Chewy REALLY gets the idea that finding the scent and staying with it means REWARD, even if he is a bit chaotic about the whole thing.
For this game, there are four identical boxes. Three are dummy boxes, and one has the scented tin. He needs to find the scent and stay there.
Oreo is still a bit cautious, and wants to check with me to make sure he got it right. He's made a lot of progress though, so I'm really pleased.
Here is Chewy showing the next step. I have the source tin in one hand, treats in the other (similar to our very first game). The twist ~ I try and lure him away from the scent with the treats. If he stays at the tin, I bring my hand back in and reward. He did awesome at this game! This is only his second time playing. The only time he flubbed up was when he timer was about to go off. That's why it is so important for me to keep training short, before his attention span starts to waiver.
Both dogs are really enjoying these games, and now follow me to the basement every time I go down there, even if I'm just doing laundry.