- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Howln Moon Press (May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888994037
- ISBN-13: 978-1888994032
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fun Nosework for Dogs, 2nd Ed. Paperback – May, 2003
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New Expanded 2nd edition! Learn dozens of games to relieve boredom, teach important skills, build confidence and improve performance in obedience, tracking and other dog sports. These games are fun for both you and your dog. They come from a variety of sources: TV, children's games, suggested by other trainers, etc. They're marked for degree of difficulty and special skills neeeded. Games are generally designed for use in a class and require multiple dogs to be really fun! "Fun Nosework" will teach your dog to enjoy using his nose, and stimulate his primary source of information. Teach specific techniques for tracking and advanced obdience. Outstanding resources for trainers and owners!
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The first 1/3 of the book provides a series of games that set the groundwork for scenting and scent discrimination. The next 2/3 of the book handle tracking and searching. The book is full of facts and methods, and these methods are all about bonding with your dog. As a bonus to the whole process, your dog will learn a few great parlor tricks.
I am giving the book (4) stars because I don't have any other points of reference. Unleash the power of your dog.
Many of the activities are a lot of fun, like "Hide the Thimble" in which you teach your dog to find items that you have hidden, using its nose. Many dogs really enjoy looking for hidden items, and this can lead to hours of enjoyable hide-and-seek for you and your dog. However, many of these games depend on prior training of your dog. A lot of them require your dog to know how to retrieve efficiently and on command; many others require your dog to be able to bark on cue. So a lot of preliminary work has to be done before you are ready to tackle many of these games, and this book does not really teach you how to train a retrieve (though it has some suggestions about teaching the bark-on-cue). Some of these games can be taught without any complicated prior training; but unless your dog retrieves and barks on cue, at least half of this book will be beyond your reach.
That said, this is a great book that teaches "nosework" beyond formal tracking or police work: stuff like hide-and-seek, hunt the thimble, finding lost objects, and even a card trick where your dog finds the card last touched by a guest. In that sense, it is a very valuable addition to the literature on working with your dog's smell ability. But a lot of the stuff in here is a challenge, to say the least.
It covers; scent discrimination, scent related tricks, searches for articles and people. The tracking sections take you step by step from beginner basics through to advanced tracking such as variable surface and cross tracks. It also includes equipment required, weather and terrain considerations, line handling skills, a training schedule, track laying do's and dont's ... it's just so darn common sense, inspiring and helpful at any level!
Near the back of the book is an Appendix section which could perhaps be read first, particularly by newbie trainers, as it covers many foundation exercises such as play, rewards, tug, retrieving and walking the dog on both sides. Throughout, the book is illustrated by simple but technically accurate cartoon linework to further aid understanding.
Author Roy Hunter has a good 40+ years of experience with dogs; 16 years as a dog handler/trainer/instructor in the UK Police force, a Working Trials Judge, he has also given seminars around the world on all types of dog training. Roy writes in a light hearted, clear, simple and amusing way that immediately makes you want to get out there and have fun using your K9 mates greatest asset ... his nose. Sniff on & enjoy!
He covers basic foundation work, enjoyable learning games that can be played with your dog, and includes a few fun stories from his time as a police officer in Britain.
I would (and do) strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to start their dog on tracking, trailing or scent discrimination!
Other than that, Mr. Hunter's book offers interesting exercises for the advanced tracker and for those trackers seeking to expand their tracking dog's skills.
Overall, an interesting, informative book. I would have liked it better if Mr. Hunter had offered more explanations with some of the lessons, but I did like his behavioristic, canine psychology oriented perspective.