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    Afternoon guys,

    Got in from work today and started to play with the dog in the back yard when i saw 2 small dogs outside my gate with no owner. I put my dog inside and went out to see if i could get to the dogs and give their owners a call saying i have got them! Next thing i know they see me and bolt in different directions, needless to say i went in search for them but they lost me! I kept walking around for about and hour or so before i saw somebody with a leash but no dog. Apparently they had lost a little dog that fit the description of one of the lost dogs. I had an idea in mind and thought i would try it. We have been teaching Tia to track scents etc as its a skill i think is amazing, plus she enjoys it and keeps her interested and stimulated. We let her sniff the lead for a good couple of minutes and went to the place i last saw the 2 dogs together. After a while she picked up a scent and away she went pulling me along the walk path! 5 minutes later we catch up with one of the dogs and its the person's dog! The owner reckoned we wouldn't get near her and asked if i could let Tia go and distract her (play). As soon as she was of the leash away she went and caught up with the dog. Unfortunately we didn't find the second dog I hope that it finds its way home or somebody finds it!

    As the title said how good are dog noses!

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    should mention the other dog was only 50 meters away in a bit of bushland!

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    wow, that's cool, how do you train a dog to scent? I've always want to do that with mine as he's always following some smell on the ground or sniffing the air

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    first i got a harness for the dog that she only associates with tracking work. To start of i got a bit of cloth and put a scent on it, out it in a room and said find, or a word that she doesn't know yet. Every time she picks the cloth up or noses it i reward her with a treat. Once she has this down i started to cover it up with clothes and newspaper etc, something that is easy for her to move out of the way. Every time she found it i covered it up with more stuff. Then on the 3rd day of practice i shut her in the room with her harness on (she always needs to wear the harness when practicing) then went outside and hid the cloth in the yard somewhere and let her go out to find it (give the command to find when you open the door. on the 4th day i put her in the garage and got the scented cloth and dragged it on the floor through the house and wiped it on objects etc and eventually hid in the back yard again. Once the dog has this sorted me and my brother took her around where i live, Jordan would keep her occupied while i set a track for her to follow, each time she found the cloth i made the track 10 foot longer. Now she does it with different scents i tell her to "find" if your dog fails at any step just go a step backwards took me about a week and a half to get her to a decent level. If the wind is in her favour then she'll track further. I want her to maybe help out at the local SES or something when i get my Cert 3 in dog handling. Hope that helps

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    Thats amazing, My Ruby Sticks her nose In the air and Flings her head about when she smells something interesting. Its Oh so cute! Your dogs, One top Dog!! I bet you are super proud!
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    sounds simple enough mate, I'm gonna give it a go, what did you use to scent the rag? and did you have to soak it or just put a little on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Thats amazing, My Ruby Sticks her nose In the air and Flings her head about when she smells something interesting. Its Oh so cute! Your dogs, One top Dog!! I bet you are super proud!
    MEGA proud, its nice to know that she is taking in what you are trying to teach her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbax View Post
    sounds simple enough mate, I'm gonna give it a go, what did you use to scent the rag? and did you have to soak it or just put a little on?
    inbetween soaked and little bit haha. I used sweat from myself mate, make sure the rag is damp first, go for a run and wipe the rag on yourself. Sounds disgusting but its a scent she knows, then change the scent once she has got the hang of it to anything with a decent smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDG View Post
    I used sweat from myself .
    ha ha ha, that is so funny, I would never have thought of that, but I guess it works, so I'll do it too.

    you sound like you've done this before, have you?

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    Yayyyyyy for Tia!!!!! Good job

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