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Alana McGee

Glad it was a beautiful day. And it is GREAT practice to work in areas to practice eliminating older scent

*other students please do not try this yet unless you are at a comparable level where you are confident in your dog?s alerts and when to read it as a confident alert. Always start with the hides marked when you do this so you can make sure you ignore old odor/ reward correct source properly.

[quote] His paw target is dominant over nose target. [/quote]

That?s fine Lois. You know that now. That’s good to know. Keep pushing (but not overly so- it will come with time) for the nose target. It helps. Trust us. BUT paw targets are just fine. DO, when you are looking for real truffles/ smaller targets in the soil, see his paw alert, but YOU watch his nose. WATCH where it is. You?d be surpsied how he may paw alert, but his nose will actually already be right on top of the truffle. It?s subtle but start trying to get use to looking at where his nose is, even if you are rewarding for the paw.

Precision is NEVER an overnight kind of deal. It is on going. Always evolving and improving. Just keep at it and keep fine tuning mechanics when you can- and remember- it is OK to walk away from an unfound truffle. Happens. Better that then dwell digging around in the dirt frustrating all parties involved. There WILL be more. I promise you that. Precision is one of those things in the field that gets better over time with more and more practice. Sometimes it isn’t as necessary (on orchards it won’t be as much of an issue likely), but MAN it is helpful.

We’ve loved having you & Speed in class and it has been a blast to watch him (& you!) progress and see the differences in his & Monza’s style. Just keep working on the buried hides, you’re dong FABULOUS.

Remember, IT’s okay to take breaks too! Vacations are good 🙂