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How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games”

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If competitors isn’t your factor, you are able to do a less complicated exercise at house along with your dog that we name Nose Games. You can just do the simple elements – hiding treats in a room whereas your dog watches – or go all the way in which to the superior phases, the place your dog can discover lacking pets and other people.

Not way back we had a consumer in our Nose Games class along with her Eight-year-old son. The household’s enthusiastic 20-pound Terrier combine finally realized to discover the boy when he hid within the woods!

In Nose Games, you train your dog to search for and discover hidden objects if you ask her to. This is an exceptionally helpful exercise, because it makes use of a lot of power and may tire out even a really energetic dog. Also, it has very sensible purposes as nicely – together with serving to shy or fearful dogs achieve confidence. And dogs find it irresistible!

We begin with treats, since most dogs will fortunately search for meals. You can finally ask your dog to search for hidden objects (resembling favourite toys, or your misplaced keys) and even hidden or lacking people and different animals!

1. Start by “hiding” treats because the dog watches, within the dog’s plain view.

Have your dog sit and wait/keep. (If she doesn’t know wait/keep, have somebody maintain her leash.)
Walk about six ft away, present her a deal with, remind her to keep, and place the deal with on the bottom.
Return to her facet (remind her to keep!). Turn and face the deal with, then inform her “Search!” (If she received’t stand up till you launch her from the keep, say “Search!” after which give your launch cue.) She ought to run proper out and eat the deal with. Repeat a half-dozen occasions.

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2. Next, “hide” the treats in very easy locations, whereas your dog watches.sniff 150x150 - How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games”

Have your dog sit and keep. Let her watch you “hide” a deal with in plain view (behind the leg of a chair, by a waste basket, and many others.).
Return to her facet (reminder her to keep!). Turn and face the deal with, then inform her “Search!” She ought to run proper out and eat the deal with. Repeat six or so occasions.

three. Ask her to sniff an merchandise that has the scent of a deal with and add a cue, resembling “Scent!”

Have your dog sit and keep. Let her watch you disguise a number of treats in plain view.treat 150x150 - How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games”
Return to her facet (remind her to keep!). Turn and face the treats, rub one of many treats you’re utilizing on a paper towel, maintain the towel in entrance of her nostril (don’t let her eat it!) and inform her “Scent!” (Don’t fear if she doesn’t seem to sniff it.)
Then inform her “Search!” She ought to run proper out and eat the treats. Repeat six or seven occasions, asking her to sniff the merchandise that incorporates the deal with scent and giving her the “Scent” cue earlier than every try.

four. Hide treats in places that require somewhat  extra effort to detect.

Have your dog sit and keep. Let her watch you disguise a deal with in a more durable place (behind a chair leg, and many others.).
Return to her facet (don’t let her stand up!). Turn and face the deal with, do “Scent!”, then inform her “Search!” She could have extra problem discovering this deal with. Don’t assist her! This is the place she begins studying to use her nostril. If you assist her, she received’t use her nostril – she’ll study to watch for you to inform her the place it’s. If she really can’t discover it, reset, and conceal it in a neater spot. Make certain she watches you! Repeat a half-dozen occasions.
Gradually disguise the deal with in more durable locations, having her “Scent!” earlier than every set. “Harder” spots are up to the mark, inside different issues (like a shoe, or on a shelf in opened cabinet or closet), or inside open containers on raised surfaces.
Now disguise a number of treats, in straightforward and difficult spots. Have your dog sit and keep. Let her watch you disguise two to three treats in considerably straightforward locations (behind a chair leg, and many others.).
Return to her facet (don’t let her stand up!). Turn and face the treats, do “Scent!,” then inform her “Search!” She could have extra problem discovering a number of treats. If vital, point out an space by spreading your arms and saying “Search here!” Don’t level to the deal with! This is the place she actually begins utilizing hers nostril. If she really can’t discover it, reset, and conceal it in a barely simpler spot. Make certain she is watching you! Repeat a half-dozen occasions.
Gradually disguise treats in more durable spots, having her “Scent” every time earlier than you ship her.

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5. Hide the treats when the Dog is Out of the Room;  NOW IT GETS REALLY FUN!

Put your dog in one other room. Hide two or three treats in considerably straightforward locations.
Bring her again to the room, have her “Scent!” then inform her “Search!” She could have extra problem discovering a number of treats. If vital, point out an space by spreading your arms and saying “Search here!” Don’t level to the deal with! If you assist her, she received’t use her nostril. If she really can’t discover it, reset, and conceal it in a barely simpler spot. Repeat a half-dozen occasions, doing “Scent!” every time.
Gradually disguise treats in more durable spots.

6. Generalize “Search” to Other Objects. Start along with her favourite toy!

Generalize her “Search” habits to different objects as you need, toy 150x150 - How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games”beginning with a favourite toy. Rub the toy on the paper towel, and begin again at Step 1, inserting the toy in plain view and transfer rapidly via to Step 5.
Next, use much less favourite or impartial objects. For people, rub the human’s scent on a paper towel (have them rub their neck with the paper towel). Then have the human disguise, in a straightforward spot at first (let the dog discover the human in plain view, then watch the human disguise behind a barrier, or round a nook, then via Step 5.)

7. Teach your dog to carry out a selected habits that can point out when she has discovered one thing.

Pick a habits that your dog already is aware of nicely, or train her a brand new habits like “Speak,” “Down,” “Touch with your paw,” and many others., that you really want to be the indicator habits. Teach her a brand new cue for that habits, by saying (for instance) “Mark!” after which cueing the habits.
With your dog watching, put a deal with in a field with holes in it, or out of her attain, so she will discover it however not get to it.
Tell her “Scent!” and “Search.” Follow her to the deal with, and when you may inform she has discovered it, inform her “Mark!” and cue her indicator habits if vital (if she doesn’t do it on the “Mark” cue). Repeat till she begins to mechanically provide her indicator habits when she will get to a deal with that she can’t entry herself.
Stop following her to the deal with, and invite her to come again to you to provide the mark habits, till she comes to you mechanically to mark.
Then add different objects, and finally enhance the issue by having her out of the room if you disguise your objects or people.
Now you’ve got a dog who can discover a misplaced baby within the woods, and are available again and use her mark to you to let you know she has discovered him!

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