Monday, December 22, 2008

Scent Discrimination

We have been socked in with snow and cold. Wyatt does not like to go out in the cold much so I have been doing 3 training sessions a day instead of the usual 2 t keep him with something to do. Lots of run thrus and classes have been cancelled too.

Something interesting I noticed with scent discrimination. On the first article, he seems to sniff all all of them, including the correct one without any indication on the correct one. He then makes a second pass and gets the correct one. It would seem that he is making sure he has the correct one. For the second article, he only makes one pass and stops on the correct one and retrieves it,

I am thinking of starting to train brace for our national specialty. I need to buy one of the those coupler collars. It should be a hoot!


Amber-Mae said...

I've always been wanting to teach my dog scent discrimination but haven't figured out the correct way to do it. Heard that it isn't all that hard to teach.

Stuffed with LambChop,
Solid Gold Dancer

John Heffernan said...

It is a blast to teach. We used the Around the Clock method. There is a video tape on it. It is very specific and systematic and worked great for us. What a thrill when your dog figures it out!

Have fun with it.