Fenzi Dog Academy offers many different kinds of classes, by really good instructors, and different pay options as well. If you're a gold level, you pay a lot, but you get to submit videos and ask questions, etc. I opted for "bronze" - since it was the cheapest! I basically get all the instructions, and can watch other people's videos and read comments, suggestions, questions, etc.
This week, we've been working on part one of homework one.
I got this nosework kit from http://k9nwsource.com/blog/shop/student-starter-kit/.
First, I have to put on rubber gloves! You don't want to contaminate the smell. Then, using tweezers, I have to put q-tips covered in birch scent into a little tiny tin.
Then, you close the tin up and throw out your gloves.
Put treats in one hand, tin box in the other, and reward the dog when he sniffs the tin hand.
Sounds easy, right? Maybe for the dog! I have such a hard time coordinating the treats, clicker and tin. You're supposed to reward at the tin, which makes me a clumsy fool, especially since my left hand is basically a rubber chicken. Dork is me.
Oreo is doing well, but, surprisingly Chewy caught on quicker. I think that is because I've taught Chewy almost exclusively through shaping. With Oreo, I used a lot of luring.
If you make it to the end of Chewy's video, it shows him really "getting it". He stays at the scented hand after he gets a treat, rather than going back to check out the treat hand again.
That's the goal ~ to make the birch scent more valuable that the aroma of the food.
For Oreo's first nose session, he offered me every one of his tricks before he sniffed my hand! It was cute, but I was beginning to think that mere sniffing wasn't challenging enough for him. Now, we're making progress though. Oreo also "gets it" at the end of his video. I think he's really going to have fun once we get past the basics.
Hopefully, after a few more sessions of this, their noses will be staying on the tin in between treats. Then, we can move on to part 2.
I know these videos are quite boring, but I thought I'd share them in case anyone was interested, plus, in a few weeks, they will make me feel better to see how far we've come. Don't feel obligated to watch!