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Old 11-01-2013, 11:04 AM
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Oh I'm sure she'll love it. lol you better video it!
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:06 PM
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Well the barn hunt went.... totally unexpectedly.

Mia had very little interest in the caged rats. WTF? She walked up to the cage and sniffed them then just sniffed then walked away. Then in the tube- same thing.

I have no clue. We waited in lines and then they showed the dogs the rats and all the other dogs/people were crowded around waiting and the dogs were all getting agitated, which made Mia a little spooky.

When it came time to search she did okay but our first search of the tubes out in the open she sniffed all three about equally and I called wrong. Second time she did the same thing. Third time she was excited to go and was really searching. She did narrow down the right hay bale but no digging or scratching like at home. ? She was noticeably happier on the last search though.

So afterwards we went to the park where she proceeded to sniff out a vole to chase as well as a rabbit and once they were gone she sniffed all over. THEN we got home where she proceeded to try to search out the mouse that has been trying to steal dog food and has been sniffing and digging at the base of my shelves... WTF Dog?! What is so exciting about voles and bunnies and mice but not the rats at the barn hunt? And my chinchilla at home was super exciting. But rats are apparently not? I really think she must've just been so worried about the other dogs being riled up so close to her.

Soooo they're doing another and I have half a mind to sign her up and see if she's worked out what the game is. She got progressively more into it as the night went on but never was really alerting the rats. She was searching well (though I'm not convinced she wasn't searching for birch). Or the other option is bring along Summer who has shown 0 prey drive ever and see what she does. She would probably like to jump on hay bales at least, LOL.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:08 PM
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Keep in mind that is dog that does this searching for mice:


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Old 11-17-2013, 07:09 PM
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Bring Summer!! I want to see videos of Summer doing a barn hunt. I think she'd have a blast
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:11 PM
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Bring Summer!! I want to see videos of Summer doing a barn hunt. I think she'd have a blast
I think she'd spend the whole time going WHEEEEEE!!! And having no clue what was going on (but having fun lol)

I'm torn. I'm not sure what to do. Part of me thinks with more exposure Mia will pick it up. My nosework trainer wants me to bring Summer because she thinks she'll surprise me.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:11 PM
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You know, Lucy really only shows interest in critters when she can see them move. She's very visual. The barn hunt was a big bust for us too. She pawed at the tube, but then immediately lost interest.

Much more of a lure coursing (CHASE!!) fan.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:13 PM
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The thing I don't get is that at home Mia has seen several kinds of live traps with mice and gone NUTS. I would have thought that would transfer over very easily? She's always been a big chase fan but if I have a mouse in a trap she is digging at it and biting it and trying to get that darn thing out.
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could you bring both dogs?
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:20 PM
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Do you think maybe she was just nervous about all the other dogs and a new environment/ a little shut down? I know Lola gets very quiet and mellow when she's overwhelmed, but once she gains confidence she acts normal.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:04 PM
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I was surprised that Jackson wasn't as excited as I thought he would be. I mean, he definitely did well in altering, and led me right to the rat, but he wasn't super excited, more cautious/curious than anything. I kind of thought he would be like how I see him in the backyard with a bunny, he stalks and barks and runs full speed to catch it lol. But I guess the being locked in a tube thing kind of ruins that for him.
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