Ready, Set, SNIFF!
Welcome students! I am so excited to have you in my class. By the end of Ready, Set, SNIFF! your dog will be able to find birch odor in a variety of situations. You will start to learn how to read your dog when they are in odor, and begin to use that knowledge to think about what your nose work alert might look like. Many of you will have dogs now comfortable taking this game on the road, and you may even start thinking about competing! To continue making progress, I suggest practicing once or twice a day for about 5-10 minutes per day max (broken up, and that includes some of your set up time, as well). If you notice your dog starting to lose interest, taking a day off here and there is never a bad idea, or you can also split up lessons further so as not to over face you both. It may also take your dog longer than a week to get through a set of lessons - this is OK! Go at their pace! And speaking of weeks, be aware that each week releases seven days from the one prior. Since you cannot jump ahead anyway, take the opportunity to really practice what you have learned as much as possible and enjoy the results. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me either in the forum, the comment boxes, or via email. You are welcome to post videos of your practice in the comments and forums and I will happily give them a look.
-Katie Brennan CDBC CPDT-KA
Materials for class:
You will need the following for Ready, Set, SNIFF!: (Yellow text are links)
-Plenty of Q-Tips! You can also find pre-scented Q-Tips (from websites I linked to already - that is just fine!)
-Four containers similar to the images I have attached below (basically tupperware containers with holes in the lids)