This is the best time for a new batch of Scented Q’s prepared with fresh new Essential Oils.
Probably you know to look for Steam Distilled Oils not Solvent Extracted. Organic whenever possible. Stored in Amber glass and kept at room or cooler refrigerator temperature.
Did you know that the Shelf Life of your Essential Oils is Approx 2 years from the harvesting of the oil? So if your oil is older than 18 months to 2 years it is probably due for a replacement. Lot’s of handlers are using more oil now to scent their Q’s. That maybe because they are using older oil that just does not have that “Top Note” anymore. Place TWO drops of oil on a cotton pad and let it sit in a baby food size jar. Take the lid off after a couple of hours. When you unscrew the top you should get a good whiff of clean smelling essential oil.
If you compete your dog is going to be sourcing the Freshest Essential Target Odor Oil on freshly made all Cotton/Paper Q’s in a brand new hide container.
You probably spend quite a bit on Classes, Training, Competing and Traveling.
The best and least expensive investment you can make is in Fresh Oil and New Clean Hide Containers.
These new Essential Oil Kits have been added now to our extensive array of choices in Nosework Supplies.
K9 NWSource tripled in volume and we made many new friends in the world of “Nosework”.
I was forced to close for part of the summer when an unexpected illness struck in April and then again in July. It was a herculean feat but with the help of family and friends K9 NWSource re-opened in Nov of 2015. With many new products being added each week. A “T” Shirt campaign on www.teespring.com showcased our original design “May the SOURCE be with you”. My daughter Dani came to work Part Time at K9 NWSource and we would not be able to continue without her.
My adult Belgian Trevurens Rory and Skye both pulled me thru NW3’s. The youngest Terv Trace got his NW2 the same month he had just turned 1 year old.
I sat on the sidelines for many months recuperating from an extended illness. Great support from my extended “Nosework” family was very appreciated and a great help to get me back to the sport I love.
I started using straws over 2 years ago. It seemed silly to use Heat Shrink Tape (which has great uses see upcoming blogs) to make a round long straw type hide. The benefits of straws are:
Inexpensive / Come in different colors / Cut them easily to any length / Will fit into the tiniest of spaces
Keeps the Q-Tips from contaminating surfaces / Hemostats can pull them out / Smallest container choice for “Hides”
Straws are available in Black, Brown, Clear and Green. Using Hemostats and wearing Gloves is recommended to load straws. Hemostats will most likely be needed for placement and removal of straw hides.
After aging the hide for about a hour we ran 4 dogs on this “Birch Hide”. Note that the bottom of the straw was pinched closed to have most of the scent go out the top just under the slate.
ORT-Birch level dogs took the longest to source this difficult hide. The slight wind was pulling the odor towards the right of this picture. Also there was a stream below and the moisture of the water was probably also a factor in the scent traveling to the right. They were able to get within a few inches and we rewarded right at source.
NW1 level dogs did some bracketing (one tried to get behind the wall) and then alerted on source.
NW2 and NW3 dogs were able to work out the problem the quickest without “chasing the odor” .