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Old 10-25-2012, 05:31 PM
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Mia starts nosework classes on Tuesday. I've already heard from some people that it may be hard or impossible with a toy dog but I figure what the hell, we'll try it. I don't want to compete, just get her little brain working towards something good. I figure if we're in class they can alter the exercises for her.

Any words of wisdom?

I'm also well aware that I am crazy and paying for 5 dog training classes a week. If only I could budget more, I'd also have signed up for a couple of the 8 week special classes (like focus and teamwork) and then treibball too.

Too many classes, not enough money.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:38 PM
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You're crazy.

When people tell me something can't be done with my breed of dog, that makes me want to do it more.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:54 PM
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Why couldn't you do it with a toy? Arson's nose is pretty darn good.

I think it's awesome you do 5 a week. I'm coming with my 3 kay... We're moving in I haven't taken classes in so painfully long.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:54 PM
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I'm really interested in hearing how this goes with Mia. I'd love to do nosework classes with Chase at some point.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:03 PM
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They said it had something to do with the rules of actual competitions being universal and some of the finds are up pretty high. Idk much about it but seriously doubt we'd ever compete in nosework trials. So I think it will be fine in a class setting.

Mia's got a really keen nose. We already play hide the treat and things like that. She loves getting to go and sniff out rodents too. I think she'll enjoy it.
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If you wanted to compete (just don't rule it out).. I don't see why you couldn't help your tiny dog up on higher things if they couldn't get there..

http://www.nacsw.net/trialinformatio...triallike.html

I'd say the interior would be the bigger issue possibly depending upon the room.. but you could lift her onto a sink or toilet if needed...
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:56 PM
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You're crazy.

When people tell me something can't be done with my breed of dog, that makes me want to do it more.
I'll see you nov10 with my off breed at a barn hunt. :P totally feel ya.

(I am even signing up Shamoo lol)

I think it'll be cool for Mia to do this!
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Thanks! I was pretty excited when I found it but kind of got mixed feelings from people if it would work with a toy dog. But at any rate, we won't know till we try!
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Nosework is a LOT of fun. Indy is very very good at it. I think her current record is a find in under ten seconds with about 15 hides in the room. Just boxes, so she wasn't looking for "off" objects, and we were using fresh Zukes, so they're pretty good smelling, but it's just awesomely impressive to bring a dog in, watching her air scent, catch the scent cone and just zero in on the scent in like, 9.5 seconds.

Knox on the other hand, comes in like an effing idiot, flailing around, knocking boxes over, ect, so we don't do nosework with him. Stick to bitework. A lot easier, lol.
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Doesn't Mandy do nosework with Izzie?

Hope you have fun!
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