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He’s come a long way: Carter gets his NW1 title

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Carter received his NW1 (Nosework Level 1) title in competition in Milliken, Colorado. It was his second attempt at an NW1 title and he improved his overall time from almost 11 minutes to under 3 minutes. Although he wasn’t the fastest dog in any element, it took him just 15

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 his birch test. We still won’t win any speed records, but

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 odors (of course, Carter has attended a NW1 trial, and Page

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 dogs all over the place, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

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 sticking out of my lap blanket while she sneakily naps on

Back in the Saddle for 2015

We’ve attended our first Continuing Nosework training at the Canine Learning Center 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 check it out a bit, but seemed to realize pretty quick

Tips for the Single Trainer #1: the gate

I’ve read a lot of training books, and something that always pulled me up short was when I’d get to the part that said “Have a couple close friends do X…” or “While your partner does X, you do Y…” or “Have a few people from the neighborhood come over and…” Well, for much of

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. Weekend snowstorm forecast for the Steamboat Springs/Rabbit Ears Pass area (which