November 20, 2014 at 11:05 am #3220
We are heading to a NW3 trial tomorrow, so wanted to get this off today.
Bruce put out 6 hides, one to three inches deep. He marked each with two clothespins sprayed neon orange. Mistake. Tippet brought me almost all the clothespins, so got a treat in trade. At the end of the day, we got all the clothespins and 5 of the hides. Tippet was impressive.
I planned on setting my timer for 12 minutes, and his finds in that time would be our “haul” for the day. I began walking around a bit to see what I could see, and Tippet just bopped onto #1, so I pushed the timer button and we kept going. He found 5 of the 6 hides, one just outside the 12 minute mark. He is really coming along! I am sending video of the first 3 finds, minus a few clothespin trades.
I thought it would be excellent to find 2 or 3 hides in that huge area within the 12 minutes. The area is 120 x 80 ft. Just after this video ended, I walked him over to the water dish and then sent him out again. That’s why I gave him an extra minute to search.
Really like the way he searched the ground. Hope you do, too! As long as I am somewhere in his peripheral vision, he is good. If I am directly behind him, he will reorient or stop what he is doing. My beloved velcro dog!
We will be in contact by email and on this forum (Internet), and back home Monday night. Looking forward to your comments on this one.November 20, 2014 at 11:06 am #3221
We think this is FANTASTIC. Zero critiques for improvement on this, and loved his enthusiasm right before the third one!
Really nice easy, fluid, calm working style.
The one thing to be aware of is tippet actually handing you the truffle. Are you hiding the odor/ truffles in vials still?
we are tempted to have you start working with ?naked? truffles? or in a pinch rub truffle oil on a small (very small) potato. Since tippet is likely going to have a mouth retrieve- we want to start seeing now how that works/ looks. He has a gentle mouth, but Try it with a couple of the Pecan truffles you have if you want.
GREAT job on offering/ giving hydration 🙂
[quote]As long as I am somewhere in his peripheral vision, he is good. If I am directly behind him, he will reorient or stop what he is doing. [/quote]
What?s good is you notice this 🙂 well done.
Generally good job. It looks really good.
Hope you are having a great time at the NW 3 trial!!November 20, 2014 at 11:06 am #3222
Gentle??!! Tippet?. My brother laughed and laughed.
I wonder if the mouth retrieve will fade when he discovers there is dirt on truffles.
He loves truffle hunting, that’s obvious, and I think he is fully ready for next level.
Perhaps we will do some potato soaked in oils when we get back home and send a video as our final exam for this class.
The truffles are in the little round tins. He swallowed a vial, and I am hesitant to use them again. (My vet said antidote is half a loaf of cheap [gooey] bread).November 20, 2014 at 11:07 am #3223
That’s actually more reason in of itself to start using real ones/ or potatoes…. rub some dirt on them. It will be different to see if his alert changes with it 🙂November 20, 2014 at 11:07 am #3224
We are so happy you will be continuing on in training. Team Tippet is doing fantastic!
See you December 1st!
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