I saw the articles about dogs finding sheds and how you can send your dog or buy a dog trained for shed hunting. Ya I got to thinking, "I wonder if I can train my dog to do that ?" Not a bad idea if you have a lab, shepard, pointer, or other type of dog with a good nose and known for sniffing things out (i.e. drugs, phesant, bombs, rabbits, or what ever). But I'm working with a 2yr old PUGGLE. Yes, a puggle (Beagle/Pug mix) . I was hopeing there was a little more beagle than pug. Last week I started. I set the dog in one room, told her to stay, then walked through the doorway and set a shed down in the open area of the next room. I told her "Find the sheds." She went right to it. We did that for 30 min. End of session #1.
A couple of days later we did the same thing a few times. Then we expanded our search to a couple of rooms to choose from. After 25 min. she started sniffing a big circle in the room and if she didn't smell anything she went to the next room. If she smelled the shed, she stayed in the room until she found it. When I started with a new phase of training I used my most recent shed (Found last week of Feb.). Then I started using older sheds as she progressed in the training lessson. After two days of a couple of rooms at the same time. she started searching the whole house level. I have a basement, but I chose not to go that far and kept the game on one level of the house. That was quick for one week of training. I can't wait to try her out in the back yard.
TODAY: The yard was wet, but the weather was nice so I tried her out today. I hide them behind trees and thick foliage ground Ivy. She got it right away. She loved it. She wanted the sheds more than the treats. That was only one time in the yard, but its a good start. I'll try a the rest of the week before I even attempt to take her in the field. By the way, she stayed in the closed garage while I hide the sheds; so she doesn't see where I put the sheds in the yard. I still have to figure out how to get her to keep searching while I have a found shed in hand. Maybe put it in a Backpak??? I'll let you all know how the rest of the training goes. [:D][:D][:D]