Zora and I have been playing and practicing her scent articles work. A game she is having a blast with! (ok me too, I’m also having a blast with it)
In her life thus far we’ve played many variations of find it games. Find the ball. Find the hidden toy. Find the child. Find the husband. Find the kibbles. Despite all of that, I’ve been rather shocked at how quickly and well she’s taken to scent articles training. She appears to think it is one of the best games ever.
My disbelief is due to that prior to a month or so ago when we started training this, she’d never before been asked to pick my scent out from a group of like objects. Nor pick mine out of a group of like objects with another person’s scent (in this case my wonderful, supportive, sure I’ll play along in this crazy sport you call dog training spouse). Yet here she is doing it! Repeatedly! Damn dogs are so cool!
Scent articles for those unfamiliar are a portion of the Utility class obedience test. A pile of articles, most often dumbbells, half of the pile being leather, the other half metal, are placed in an area of the competition ring. Then the handler scents with their scent 1 of article and the judge places it in the pile without the dog seeing where. Then the dog is sent to the pile to select the one with the handler’s scent. After the dog picks the correct article, the dog is to return with it to the handler. In Utility scent articles are done twice, once with the handler scenting a leather article, and once scenting a metal one. In CKC testing, there is also a portion using wooden articles.
Having played around with scent articles with past dogs (mostly Niche) I have sets of leather, metal and wooden utility dumbbells. So that’s what Zora is now using.
We all had such fun, laughing and being silly.