The next step in our nosework class is to put the birch filled tin inside a plastic container with holes in the lid, and repeat the process we used with the tin.
Once they are going to the container regularly, you are to place the container on the floor and click for sniffing it.
Oreo ran into some difficulty with this step. He kept wanting to target the container with his paws, or even pick it up with his mouth! Oh boy, this dog has too many tricks up his sleeve.
So, I'm going to back track, to make sure Oreo understands that the name of the game is "sniff it", not "whack a mole" or "hold". I really think he doesn't understand why I am giving him something so easy to do. Maybe it will get better when we move on? It's as though he's thinking, "Sniff the box? Usually you want me to do something waaaaaay more complicated than that. It can't be just sniff the box. Let me try showing her other stuff."
Finally, you place the container on the floor, and bring the dog in the room, and they should initiate the search/sniff right away. Chewy is progressing rapidly. Although he thinks the game is ~ come in the room, jump on the bed and THEN find the scent.
Had to take Chewy to the vet last night. He was hacking, and then having a lot of trouble swallowing. I was afraid he had something stuck in his throat.
Turns out he most likely ate a bee, which stung him on the way down. His throat had a tender spot. The doctor gave him a steroid injection, told me to give him some benadryl, keep his collar off, and gave me his cell phone number just in case.
About an hour after the shot, he started improving dramatically. Whew.