Carter’s ORT X 3!

Today Carter passed two more Odor Recognition Tests – Clove and Anise – to complete his ORTs. Now the basics are over – there’s nothing for it but to go for ribbons & titles! He was much faster this time than when he did

Page’s New ORT

Page, my 13 1/2-year-old red Australian Cattle Dog, passed her second K9 Nosework odor (clove) at a test in Wheat Ridge, CO. Yay, Page! And Carter – hate to tell you – but that puts Page ahead of you! Better get crackin’ learning those

Carter’s First Nosework 1 Trial!

Yesterday, April 25, 2015, Crazy Dog Carter attended his first Nosework 1 (NW1) Trial! If you’d told me a year ago that Carter would actually be able to attend, and participate in, an official trial, in a strange environment, with strange people, vehicles, and

A new ORT dog

Today, Page passed her first (birch) Odor Recognition Test (ORT) for the National Association of Canine Scentwork (NACSW). She’s now qualified for Nosework 1 trials and elements. She’s nearly 13; who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? (Those are Page’s ears

Back in the Saddle for 2015

We’ve attended our first Continuing Nosework training at the Canine Learning CenterĀ in Fort Collins! Things went well – Carter searched & found his odors despite being in a completely new environment with strange people in the area. Newest experience: a mirror. He had to

Winter Weather

We had planned a trip to Craig, Colorado to participate in some nosework training, but it looks like the weather is not in our favor. Temps below 0 here, barely reaching the single digits during the day, with 10″ of snow and more coming.

The Dreaded Vet Visit

Today (Vet’s Day, ironically) was Carter’s first appointment with a new veterinarian. Carter has what’s commonly called ‘White Coat Syndrome’ as part of his general reactivity. In other words, new odors, strange people, enclosed spaces, strange dogs, new locations, etc. all freak him out,

He scores!

Today Carter passed his first Odor Recognition Test (Birch) for NACSW, in Wheat Ridge CO. Way to go Carter! Despite being surrounded by strange people, cars, situations, and other dogs, Carter was able to focus on the search well enough to get his hide