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Sunday October 28th K9 Nose Work® Clinic @ St Ives Showground.

Posted on 06/09/2018

Like every other training journey we embark on with our dogs, successfully hunting out hides in a K9 Nose Work® search requires a lot of smaller behavioural units to be trained to a high standard separately and then built back into the overall search. If one of these areas is weak, eventually the whole thing will come crashing down, especially as we move into more complex scent puzzles for our dogs. As always with our training, the devil is in the detail.

This K9 Nose Work® clinic is designed for teams that are working at or towards competition level NW1 or NW2. Each team will nominate the area/s they want to improve in and will have the opportunity to watch and learn from the other working teams and the ensuing training discussions that arise!

Rego form and all the info is here

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How good is THAT!?

 

23rd September, Canberra K9 Nose Work® clinic

Posted on 05/09/2018

Like every other training journey we embark on with our dogs, successfully hunting out hides in a K9 Nose Work® search requires a lot of smaller behavioural units to be trained to a high standard separately and then built back into the overall search. If one of these areas is weak, eventually the whole thing will come crashing down, especially as we move into more complex scent puzzles for our dogs. As always with our training, the devil is in the detail.

This K9 Nose Work® clinic is designed for teams that are working at or towards competition level NW1 or NW2. Each team will nominate the area/s they want to improve in and will have the opportunity to watch and learn from the other working teams and the ensuing training discussions that arise!

Time: 9:30am start till about 5pm

Address: Stromlo Scout Hall, Tantangara Street, Duffy, ACT.

Rego form: here

Nose Work Games Day 13th October 2018 Adamstown, NSW.

Posted on 05/09/2018

Nose Work Games Days are fantastic for anyone who is interested in Nose Work, either through just kicking back and watching teams run and joining in on the discussion that ensues or by jumping in and running your dog in a trial type situation, but also having the chance to be coached if needed to allow the most success and learning possible to come out of your run.

This Games Day will be focused on teams currently on the odour of birch, teams that are working on or would like to take advantage of pairing the birch hides or teams that have just started on their Nose Work journey and are hunting for primary (food or toys).

Teams will be run on ALL FOUR OF THE K9 Nose Work® ACSW TRIAL ELEMENTS – containers, vehicles, interior and exterior and will search for a total of two hides in each element, with a time limit of 3 mins per search and 5 mins for discussion after each run.

Teams will decide if they would like to run the search as a “test” – no coaching during the search, just discussion once the search is complete or as a “training” exercises – coaching as needed, so if you have some sticking points in your search, this is a great choice to make to get coached through it.

We will kick off the day at 9am and finish up about 4pm. Each team will run separately of course, to ensure that all dogs have access to this amazing sport. Please remember that all K9 Nose Work® events encourage the participation of all dogs, including dogs with reactivity issues. Respecting the space of all dogs is vital to continue to foster the inclusivity we strive for.

Teams are free to stay and watch or leave when their runs are complete.

Videoing of your search and the feedback you get is encouraged – PLEASE bring your video camera/phone etc and someone will be happy to film for you. Further information can be obtained here Nose Work Games Day

Cost is $60 for the day. Working spots are limited to ensure all teams get the feedback and practice they need, so hurry up! x

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Ruby making sure the vehicles are clear of birch and anise before they leave at the recent K9 Nose Work® Inaugural Invitational Aussie Camp this year. Go Rubes!

 

Hobart, Tasmania July 21 and 22 for EVERYTHING DOG!

Posted on 25/06/2018

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As many of you know I have been up the “Top End” in Darwin for the past three months with little Fly doing a movie called “Top End Wedding”. It is so good to be back on the Workshop circuit continuing my love of sharing and learning about the value of Nose Work AND helping others to understand their training decisions better in the practical training workshops. Vicki from CleverPawz is giving Tassie a chance to join me in July for both learning adventures. Click on the shot above to take you to the Flyer for more info. So lucky to get to do what I do! And the Nose Work Games Day is perfectly timed to give folk who are thinking about entering Tasmania’s first Odour Recognition Trial in August. Perfect!

 

 

Canberra in July 2018!

Posted on 06/06/2018

I know it is going to be cold, but who cares when you are learning about dogs!

I’m looking forward to two events in our nation’s capital in July – On Saturday  30th June and Sunday 1st July I am presenting a hands-on training workshop for the wonderful Jess at A.B.C.D.O.G. See the flyer for more details: FLYER A.B.C.D.O.G 2018

And then the weekend after is the EPIC ADVANCE DOG SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA! For the first time, we will be holding The Scent Work Games and I am so thrilled I get to be a part of it. See the flyer below for more details.

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

Posted on 10/12/2012

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Below you can find examples of my work. I adore working animals for film and theatre when the right animal is selceted for the job, which is probably the most important part of this work. Like many humans, some animals are not performers and are instead stars in their own home. Magic can be made however when the right animal is selected and the time, empathy and effort is made by the trainers to build the animal’s confidence and trust. While many people may think ‘making’ an animal work is cruel, 20 years of working alongside everything from mice to vultures has prooved to me that forcing an animal never gets the best out of them (funny that) and more than anything animals are built to behave. An animal that has had a training program based on reinforcement, being in control and having a choice wilactively seek out opportunities to impact on their environment and make good stuff happen. Done right, many animals love to play training and will amaze you with their creativity and thought process.