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Old 06-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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This is one article I am hiding from Chessie---if she could read she would be pulling me by my jeans leg to sign her up :-) K9 Nose Work is gaining in popularity as a sport and I (and you-know-who-sleeping-under-table) can see why. It looks like a lot of fun:

Pet Talk: Dogs have picked up the scent of a new sport: K9 Nose Work | OregonLive.com
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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One of my students teaches it. I think it's going to become quite popular.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:14 AM   #3
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One of my students teaches it. I think it's going to become quite popular.
Does s/he do this in an urban or more non-urban environment? I would think it would be fascinating in a city-type setting.
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I bet this would be something Lucy would go for! She's never bumped into a car but she follows her nose everywhere. She knows where all the children live and looks for them when she smells them!
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Nose Work isn't Tracking - they are two separate sports. Nose Work rquires the dog to be able to distinguish between several different trained smells, and they work in very controlled environments. I believe the trials consist of smelling different "boxes" of scent and also cars. But they are looking for a hidden smell.

Tracking is where the dog follows a scent trail laid down by a person. So I would go walk in a field, lets say, and lay down my scent trail. Depending on the level of the dog "tracking" me, I would put in a certain number of turns. Later the dog would come to the field and follow my "track."

Tracking isn't only done in fields, but is also done in urban environments, like you suggest, ad dogs who can track over different surfaces get "higher" level of titles.

I have students who do tracking as well.

I would personally prefer Nose Work only because it would, IMO, be easier to train. Teaching a dog to use their nose is not very hard.



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I understand that, but actually that wasn't my question. I've had encounters with working dogs scenting in NYC as part of their law enforcement work and their singleminded focus on tracking one scent in an incredibly distracting environment where there is easy overload on all senses is just amazing. What was crossing my mind is the ability of the dog to distinguish between several target scents in a sort of olfactory overload environment such as the city, which by its nature couldn't be as controlled nearly as well.
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Yes, but of course dogs' noses can easily detect even small particles of scent mixed in with all the city smells that overload us. As for focus, when a dog is driven to play a game - and this IS a game to the dog - then distractions don't matter. It's partially training and partially the genetic "drive" (or instinct if you will) of the individual dog. Dogs without great drive are not chosen for this type of work and remain as family pets. The dogs with this amount of drive tend not to make good family pets at all.
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I just started working with Ranger in scent tracking. I just call it tracking, but it is going to entail him finding object scents, as well as people scents. It's a lot of fun so far. It's my first time and I'm just winging it with my own training, but he's doing great and already has the command 'seek' down fast!
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One of my students teaches it. I think it's going to become quite popular.

Well, for now it is Scentwork as K9 Nosework is copyrighted, but she's in the process of getting certified. I have Rikki (Alice's sister) in the class and she loves it. Next on the menu: Treibball. You should have seen me chasing around the Walmart parking lot after huge beach balls that kept blowing out of the cart! Can you think how much Asher would like that!?!?!?!

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Does s/he do this in an urban or more non-urban environment? I would think it would be fascinating in a city-type setting.
Right now she is teaching it in the training building. We were going to go outside last Saturday, but it was 117. The neighborhood is "small downtown"

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