I don’t compete in scentwork, so I can’t help. But one resource might be the “K9noseworkPNW” yahoo group. I joined that email group, and pretty much all the posts are event announcements. It is supposed to be a forum for questions too, and I bet people would jump at the chance to give their 2 cents (however wise or not) about questions related to competition.
The group requires approval to join, but it was easy–just list some dates that you took a nosework class. Good luck with the road to competition–that sounds fun!
Hi Bev- We do have experience with this and with friends and colleagues who do both truffle hunting and competitive NACSW in the US. You are correct the passive alert more in line with competition. Competition and truffle hunting are very different contextually, but do Wolfy a favor when doing it and provide him as many additional clues as possible to help him understand the contextual difference. This can includes things like a different start routine, different gear etc.
We have many students who compete in both. I myself am likely going to be starting my older dog who can no longer work in a forest much on competition odor and will be changing his alerts for those odors to passive ones. Canadian rules for your scent trials are a little different than here and I’d have to brush up on them- but more than happy to consult on the switch.
It won’t necessarily affect his truffle hunting at all, but notice if he starts to offer you a more passive alert in the field (truffle hunting) you can then put the more active related alerts on cue and solicit a more pinpointed approach in the field.
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