Time is on your Nosework side

With increased access to nosework/scent detection trials, new teams are out in droves competing in this very fun sport! I am delighted to see teams who were competitive in other sports, specifically agility, finding the joys of nosework. They are drawn to the...

You got that one – A Nosework Blog

“You got that one” A familiar phrase you’ve probably heard or used during an advanced nosework search. It’s what we might say when our dog goes back to a found hide. Although there are different approaches to handling found hides, the most common one...

What is your dog’s search recovery time?

I was talking with someone today about blasting dogs and missing thresholds. We both had tried or advised starting further back from the start to help with checking the start area more thoroughly. It works. They get to blast and then settle into the search many feet...

End Line Routine

As we celebrate ringing in the new year, it got me thinking about how we celebrate our “end line” routine, whether it’s agility, obedience, nosework or another sport. We spend a lot of time training our start line routine and deciding what works best...

Enriched and well rested dogs!

I was reflecting the other day how well my dogs sleep at night and wish I could do the same! They are out like a light, often belly up with the fan cooling their underside. They also even sleep in! I do have an older dog, who’s age does affect how much she...

Baby Dog Training Days

A training gem I picked up many years ago from Patti Hatfield Mah was that our seasoned dogs still need to have baby dog training days. Pick one day a week where you go back to training your foundations skills. Foundations is everything! Without a strong base,...

Making sense of how to address false alerts

As discussed in my last blog on how training methods need to make sense to you … I’d like to chat about how I handle false alerts in nosework and why the approach makes sense to me. You need to decide what makes sense to you. A false alert is the...