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Meet Our New Mascot … KIRBY

MEET KIRBY

Kirby at 10 Weeks old. Playing Fetch!
Kirby at 10 Weeks old.
Playing Fetch!

Kirby is a 10 week old Belgian Malinois.

He will start his Nosework career this week.

Dani will be starting him using our Pairing Tins.   http://k9nwsource.com/shop/pairing-tin-great-odor-pairing-starter-kit/

(Our Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning / Introduction Plates would work just as well.) http://k9nwsource.com/shop/pavlovs-classical-conditioning-introduction-plate/

First he will “hunt” for his meals having been divided between 4 Tins with an EMPTY Slider. Building up to 12 Plates … still EMPTY Slider. Plates should be in a line down a hall way or hugging a wall to help him find each plate and not skip any. If he starts to skip plates we will back track to a lesser number of plates.

When he is successfully finding every “Plate” we will load 1 BIRCH -Q Tip into 3 of the 12 plate sliders. If there is no aversion to the Birch we will add ANISE next. First only one Slider will get ANISE until we see there is no aversion to the new Scent. Building up to having 3 BIRCH scented Sliders and 3 ANISE scented Sliders. Adding Clove in the same manner. Lastly a Combo 1 – Q of Each odor per Slider.

Kirby will HUNT for one meal each day. Transitioning to using a healthy treat instead of his kibble to be used mid-day when he goes to 2 meals a day.

Look for videos here as KIRBY progresses

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Great time to be a Nosework / Scentwork Enthusiast!

Birch Addiction T copy

It is a great time to be a Nosey Dog.

Back from South Africa and in full swing here at K9 NWSource. Lots of Fresh Q’s, Target Odor Oils and new products going out the door.

So much is going on in the Nosework & Scentwork Communities.

  • NACSW– K9 Nose Work Training Camp Westmont in Poyntelle, PA – SEPTEMBER 6-11, 2017 ​
  • AKC- Eukanuba Performance Games, Wilmington, Ohio – SEPTEMBER 14-17, 2017
  • Performance Scent Dogs – Trials coming up and open now in NH, TN, MA, NY, & NJ.
  • C-Wags Scent Detectives – Trials coming up in PA, MI, TX, UT, IN, OH & Quesnel, BC.
  • USCSS – Trials coming up in CO, MA, TX, CA and WA

For those of you lucky enough to be going to NOSEWORK Camp in PA HAVE FUN!

 

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Did you hear? K9nwsource on Vacation August 2nd thru the 15th.

No orders will be processed while we are on our first vacation in many years!

Please place orders the 1st three weeks in July.

Instructors if you need kits in multiples order as early as possible.

Processing of orders will commence on the 16th in the order in which they were received. You can specify Priority Shipping if you are willing to pay a higher shipping cost.

August is not usually a high volume time for us but I don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

South African Wild Dog Pups.
South African Wild Dog Pups.
More cute Wild Dog Pups.
More cute Wild Dog Pups.

 

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Trialing in the Woodstock, Ct- June 4th NACSW Elite

Looking forward to a great trial with my best girl “Aurora” ELT-1.

K9NW Source wishes all competitors “GOOD LUCK” and sincerely thanks the Host New England Scent Dogs ( Anne Steciw) and Volunteers.

Need Nosework Supplies and want to save on shipping?

I can bring orders up on the 4th if you are going to be there.

Put Deliver to Woodstock, CT in the Customer Details section above your billing address. You must order by Thursday night June 1st.

Happy 10th Birthday to my girl Rory.
Happy 10th Birthday to my girl Rory.
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AKC to add Scent Work to it’s list of Venues.

Birch, Anise and Clove are the first three Target odors as in NACSW.

AKC chose Peppermint for their 4th Target Odor.     There have been enough complains and concerns that they are looking for suggestions and open to changing to a different Target Oil.  They are sympathetic to our concerns with Peppermint. Here are the criteria.

In choosing a fourth scent, we sought to find one that: 1) Was not too expensive; 2) Was not sticky and difficult to work with, thus increasing the risk of contamination (such as Myrrh and Vetiver that the UKC uses); and 3) Was not malodorous to the handler.

The following is a portion of the letter k9nwsource submitted to the AKC:

I would respectfully ask that you reconsider using Peppermint as your 4th Target Odor.
Too commonly found in many environments. Peppermint Essential Oil is only sold as one botanical variety. Sweet Birch is a different botanical variety than Birch Tar and Anise Seed is a different variety than Anise Star used in baking and candy.
 
This common oil will certainly & unknowingly turn up in your search environments creating problems for your competitors and hosts. Peppermint is common in many Soaps, Lotions, Cleaning products, Teas, Candy, Soda … just to name a few.
 
Also handlers adding this Oil to their Target Odor List will incur unnecessary training problems. As there is only one botanical variety of Peppermint they will be TRYING to train their dogs to not alert on Peppermint … “except” the target odor strength and only when in training.

MY Suggestion would be Elemi Essential OIL
A bit incense-like. Thin clear oil. Steam Distilled.
Relatively inexpensive.

Usually sells for the same amount as Clove.

Elemi__Essential Oil
Elemi__Essential Oil


Botanical Name: Canarium Luzonicum

Country of Origin: Philippines and France

Cultivation Method: Standard Cultivation

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Gum/Resin

Consistency: Thin

Scent: Elemi Essential Oil is a middle note with a medium scent that can be most accurately described by comparing it to a dill pickle coupled with citrus notes. It is known though as being surprisingly fresh and clean.

Cautions: None Known.

Aromatic Description: Fresh, citrusy, peppery, spicy. Elemi is surprisingly fresh and clean. This resin oil is more light, fresh and lemon-like than the other balsamic aromas. It is a bit incense-like, spicy, and slightly camphoraceous, yet softer and balsamic

Perfumery Note: Middle

Aromatherapy Properties: (Uses) Elemi is a gum produced by a tree of the Canarium family, Canarium luzonicum, that is grown in a specific region of the Philippines, south of Manila. 
Mainly between July and November, the tree is tapped by making incisions in its bark and removing a thin strip every day. Trees in their seventh year or older produce abundant quantities of the gum, which is harvested weekly. Fresh Elemi gum is bright white in color. It retains a pasty consistency that enables it to be molded into the wooden boxes in which it is traditionally exported. 

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Like to see your dog featured on our site?

We want to show-case your “Super Sniffer!

Judy B. with Gracie
Judy B. with Gracie
Nick C. with Sophie.
Nick C. with Sophie.

K9 NWSource offers a huge array of products to “play” Nosework. Many items are exclusive to our site. We would love to see how you are using your favorite items.

Please send us pictures of your dog finding “SOURCE”. Let us know how and why you chose the particular hide product. A close-up of the hide would be great too.

Pictures will be posted to a new section under construction “How to use our Scent Work products”.