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Old 01-02-2018, 05:27 PM
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Mia is starting a nosework class next week!

Hey guys! Happy New Year!

I'm so excited, Mia is starting a nosework class next Sunday!

This is their website:
Doggone Smart Nosework

She's never done this kind of nosework before, in this case, they smell an herb and then search for it in boxes. The only kinds of "searching" she's done is finding her squirrel toy that I hide around the apartment and she brings it back to me for a treat. I don't know much of her nose she uses because she sort of memorizes all the places that I hide her toy! haha

I know the instructor will takes us through the steps and give us pointers but can anyone share their experiences with nosework classes they've taken with their dogs?? Any tips/suggestions?? Should I run her for a bit in the morning for a bit so that she's not too overly excited during class? She's probably going to think I'm taking her to daycare and she's going to want to jump on all the people and lick their faces lol

I'm sooooo freaking excited I can't wait a whole week!


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Have fun! Delilah and I will be starting nose work this month too!
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Have fun! Delilah and I will be starting nose work this month too!
Cool!!! Let me know how it goes!!!!
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Awesome! I so wish I could take Chisum to a nosework class. It's such a fun sport, you'll have a blast!
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@PoppyKenna how come you aren't able to take Chisum to a nosework class?
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@PoppyKenna how come you aren't able to take Chisum to a nosework class?
He's too reactive. One of my goals for this year is to try and get him to the point where we can take a group reactive dog class, but we'll see.

We've done some nosework on our own and he's really talented. I'm not, so his signals aren't nearly as precise as they would be with extra help, but he still enjoys it and it's lot of fun to see him find the tin.
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@PoppyKenna Ohhhh gotcha. I'm going to have to see how Mia is too. She can be a little reactive if she gets WAY too excited and wants to play but can't because I hold her back. This particular class I'm in, the instructor makes everyone take their turn by sitting in a waiting area while each dog gets to go out individually so hopefully that'll bring down the crazy in her...and I'll probably have to run her for a couple of hours before class haha

In her agility classes when she had to wait her turn, she whined THE WHOLE TIME until it was her turn...I hope she doesn't do it this time, that is going to be really embarrassing...lol especially when the dogs need to concentrate!
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@yoshiposhi - I believe nosework is really good because they tend to have the dogs totally separated from each other. I'm sure Mia will do fine - I follow you on instagram and I see you both get out a lot and do things that Chisum just totally couldn't right now.

Part of Chisum's problem is that he lives with my parents on their farm right now - he's happy, but he just hasn't been able to get out a whole lot. I'm hoping to buy a house this summer that will have a good, private yard where he can be safe, but is enough "in town" that we can hear noises or sit on the front porch and start CCing on a regular basis.
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@PoppyKenna yeah...sounds like it's a bit isolated but definitely sounds fun getting to run around on a farm! haha

That'll be so awesome to have your own house! I can only dream of owning a house here in Vancouver, the market is INSANE. Even owning apartments here are already half a million dollars! (and I was only able to buy one because my parents helped me out!)

That would be the perfect set up for ccing too (with the front porch), I'm going to have to cc Mia for quite some time (she's made huge improvements though), maybe even her whole life. She can still get a little reactive on our night walks so I ALWAYS have to have my treat bag full. Even if we're just going out for a quick potty, in the event that a person randomly comes out from their apartment I gotta be ready. That's the life with a reactive dog I guess!
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@yoshiposhi - yep! Reactive dogs are always a challenge haha.

My parents will probably be helping me out some too - I'm working a lot but I'll probably borrow a bit for the down payment. It's not nearly half a million though, I'm looking at around $120,000. There are thankfully houses of all price ranges around. But it will absolutely be nice to have a place I know I can have my pets.
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