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 Post subject: Nosework Brag!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:32 am 
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I'm so VERY proud of my boy Jack Jack (Ch Calla's All Bets On KLAD PCD, RA, ITD, SD-S SP). This weekend we competed in the very first nosework trial in Western Canada (through the Canadian association - Sporting Detection Dog Association). On Saturday he qualified in all three elements (Containers, Interior and Exterior) to become the first Cocker in Canada to earn a nosework title. This title is Sporting Detection - Started (Special designation because he earned his title in one day, rather than over a few days). He even placed 3rd out of 27 dogs competing in the Interior search, which is pretty awesome, considering he competed against German Shepherds, Beagles, etc.

The Container search consists of 14-16 opaque containers (max 30cm tall), one with odor (Wintergreen) in it. The dog has 3 minutes to locate the "hot" box and alert the handler, who must call alert.

The Interior search is a room (min 100sq feet, max 800 sq feet) with 15-20 objects that would be suitable to hide odor on. Odor can also be hidden in baseboards, vents, etc. The dog has 5 minutes to locate the source of the odor and alert the handler.

The Exterior search is either an exterior space (same size guidelines as the Interior space) or 3 vehicles. There is one hide, it can be up to a height of 3 feet off the ground and up to 6" under the vehicle, on the frame. The dog has 5 minutes to locate the source of the odor and alert the handler.

On Sunday he had to compete in the Working stream (rather than Amateur, as on Saturday). I was nervous, as this is where the pros compete with their drug dogs, etc. He did nicely, and earned his SD-S SP title in the Working stream as well. This is huge, because so far only two or three dogs have titled in the Working stream in Canada. On Sunday he placed 2nd out of 26 dogs in the Interior search and he got some really nice comments from the judge and her shadow judges.

The next level is Advanced, and thankfully we get to go back to the Amateur stream for that. He'll have to find two odors in Advanced, and the searches will be more challenging. The cool thing is that I know he's up for it!

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:59 am 
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Great job! We love Nosework over here! Hobbes will be trying for his ORT in a month or two, and it's a blast!

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment for Jack Jack.

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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Congratulations on Jack Jack's awesome placements!
This nose work sounds so fun and it is obviously something Jack Jack really enjoys.

Question, why is Wintergreen scent used?
As Jack Jack progresses in the ranking, are other scents used?

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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:wow This is so impressive! Congratulations.

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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That absolutely kicks ass!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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The Sporting Detection Dog Association (http://www.sportingdetectiondog.ca) has chosen their three essential oils as Wintergreen, Pine and Thyme. The National Association of Canine Scent Work (the US organization) uses Birch, Anise and Clove as their essential oils (I think). I'm not sure why the particular oils were chosen, but these are the ones that are used. The United Kennel Club (UKC) uses oils as well, but I can't remember which ones.

Nosework is a great sport because it's inexpensive and easy to learn. The biggest investment is in the oils themselves, an airtight container for storage, and 14-16 opaque boxes to use for container searches. Otherwise it can be done at home, without needing a ton of equipment. Jack Jack and I did a two day seminar in early March 2013, and all the rest of his training was done at home. He was one of the most solid dogs at the trial . . . . so it can be done on your own.

Because it's a solo sport, with no other dogs in the area (dogs are benched in the owners' vehicles when not running), it's a fabulous sport for fearful dogs, reactive dogs and all kinds of dogs. We had a chihuahua at our trial, as well as many other breeds. Every dog has a nose and is born knowing how to use it. We just learn to channel that knowledge and to read our dogs.

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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Wow! sounds like so much fun for you and Jack!

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 Post subject: Re: Nosework Brag!
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I realize this is an older post but congrats anyway ;) also I came I to this forum just now to see if anyone else was doing the scent detection with their cocker(s). A training facility about at half hour from me has just started sessions in this. I thought it would be fun for little Blackberry to do. Are you still enjoying it? I think cockers have great noses.

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