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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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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!
For those who want to start training their dog for any sort of scent work, this is a great place to begin on your own.
The tips & things your dog can learn will give them self-confidence & a relationship w/ you that you never knew was possible.
I did NOT, however, find the book worth the price because of the embarrassing quality of the item. The cover was torn and the back of the book was literally TAPED to keep it in place. Added insult is the inspected sticker. Shameful. The "warehouse deal" I got was not paying shipping because it was part of the "spend $35, pay no shipping" and saving literally 75 cents.