|Barked: Tue May 28, '13 1:50pm PST |
Yay for Jake!! It's so fun doing something your dog was BORN to do. (I mean all dogs were meant to use their nose, but wow hounds just live for it). Lenny's attention span did seem to build over time, and still seems continue to do so. It develops over time when you begin to increase the difficulty of the hides, the dog has to stay focussed on the task for longer and longer. Lenny was fairly young when he started, so sometimes when we increased the difficulty he'd take 30 seconds or a minute to get distracted and wander around the room until he'd finally go, "Oh wait...I was looking for that thing..." and then he'd resume and we'd praise him big time for regaining that focus. Now not all of that transfers to you, at least it didn't for me. It did help. But for a beagle focussing his attention on the hunt comes naturally, focussing on a handler does not.
But- it did also help in building a connection because once your graduate to odor and finally to hides where YOU don't know where they are, you learn the value of communication. Of your dog telling you what you need to know. And Lenny and I did seem to work a lot better as a team once we did Nosework whether it was practicing in our backyard or working on Heel in the pet store. So maybe in a way it helps that attention in that way?
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