January 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm #1169
How’s it going with the boxes (wood/ cement blocks)?
We have a feeling that some of the unsought out behaviors, such as hitting boxes where the scent is not hidden will disappear with the next lesson when you start to hide them around your house. Keep us posted.
We do have some other ideas for you, but would like to how know it is progressing so we can offer more specific advice. Keep it up!January 8, 2014 at 11:52 am #1170
Hi Alana, I have not yet introduced Zoey to wood or cement blocks. I have been using 3 identical plastic boxes and the tea balls. Over the holidays, I didn’t practice much with her, so I am getting back into it again. I think she may be starting to figure out the scent thing, as she is more consistent picking the correct box. She still knocks them all over, but I feel she will become more thoughtful as she gains more success.
I do have a question about the “verbal cue words” that are introduced in Lesson 3. I watched the video with Ryu where you are using “Zuch” as a cue word to begin hunting. I decided to use that word, as it won’t interfere with anything else we have used. The question is, when I say Zuch to begin the hunt, am I to say it again after she finds the target?January 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm #1174
Hi, Denise! Glad to hear Zoey is consistently selecting the correct box. Yes, you are correct. She will become more thoughtful (and already has) as the desired behaviors get rewarded. And, you won’t have to worry about smacking boxes later. Finding them in the ground is much more challenging than targeting the box 😉
Yes, say the word again after she finds the target to reinforce the verbal. “Good Zuch”. And if she alerts on it again, even better!January 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm #1187
Just had an awesome indoor hide training session with Zoey. Used cold scenarios and hot scenarios. She still starts every session visually, but when she doesn’t see the hide article, she starts using her nose. Am going to attempt an outdoor session this afternoon and have it recorded. This will be a total challenge for her, she distracts easily. I will post later.January 21, 2014 at 10:54 am #1189
Zoey’s first outdoor hunt attempt. Am going to load 4 videos in order of our progress. We are still not very good at our camera and didn’t think to make just one video with pauses in between each attempt.
final attemptJanuary 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm #1201
Hi Denise. Your Lesson 4 quiz has been graded.January 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm #1222
You guys are doing GREAT!
I used video analysis software for your feedback. Here are the links. You can download the videos and save you your computer.
Great job!January 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm #1223
The visual checking may or may not fade over time. Dogs are quite resourceful. Spotting the target is much easier than locating it by scent. You will learn over time if she needs to “see” an area first before asking her to find a truffle. In some situations, it simply becomes part of the “pre-game” routine. For now, just observe and let her problem solve. The more you know about how she likes to work, the better you will be able to read each other in the long run 🙂January 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm #1229
I appreciate the feedback on the videos. I had no idea that I was putting the truffle in the 3rd target each time. Not sure why I did that. It’s not what I’ve done in the house. I wish I had the last 2 searches I did that day on video. I hid the hot target in harder places to find, and she was awesome. The harness was a good purchase. She gets excited to wear it, and she is already associating it with “work”. I know she really enjoys doing something that makes her the center of attention.January 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm #1230
That’s excellent!!February 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm #1308
First outdoor “blind” hide today. My assistant made the last hide a little tricky, so I had to ask where it was. The first 2 hides were pretty darn good, though. As soon as I can figure out how to edit my video, I’ll post it.February 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm #1309
Great! Very excited to see it.February 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm #1320
Had to edit the video into 3 parts so it wouldn’t take so long to load. This is the very first attempt at an unknown hide for her and I.
Second unknown hide.
A bit too much was cut off of the front of this 3rd session. It took her a bit to get to this hide. I finally asked where it was so I could intervene a bit. She first checked the other 2 hide locations prior to me asking and starting to direct her.February 14, 2014 at 11:40 am #1328
Your quiz has been graded. Video analysis coming soon.February 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm #1336
Great job with the unknown hides! Looking really good 🙂
Here is the video feedback?
You are well on your way to Recreational Truffle Dog Training 201 ? Transitioning into the Woods. Keep up the great training!
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