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” .
Now an offical CNWI™ ready to continue to help people and their”pet” dogs to achieve their goals in Nosework™.
It was hard work but great fun too. I met some very talented, hard working people with wonderful ideas and goals. Much of our “free Time” was spent discussing students and the stories of how they were progressing.
The willingness to share ideas and help others was all around. The spirt of that training course lives on in the Instructors that have been at this for so much longer than I.
Students if your instructor talks about you … they are most likely bragging!
September 29th 2012 – NW1 / NW2 Mock Trials at Welkinweir.
On September 29th 2012 we hosted a mock trial at Welkinweir in Northern Chester County, PA. 52 teams got a chance to simulate the conditions of a NW1 or NW2 trial. I got to put a face to the many names of NW friends I only knew online and met their “best friends”.
Just want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to all the hosts of Sanctioned Nosework® Trials over the past 2 years that have brought this wonderful sport to the East Coast.
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I have been enjoying Noseworks® with my two Belgian Trevurens Rory and Skye since the summer of 2010. It has been an incredible journey with much more to offer than I ever imagined. I hope to share with all who visit this site some of the fun and happiness that comes from doing Noseworks® with your best friends.