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~”Woof!” (Sniff, Sniff, too!)

I have this Paw-Awesome report. 

Mom and I have been so busy with the smell game.  At times it can be confusing because sometimes my mom calls it Nosework and other times its called Scent Work.  Got me what the differences are.  I just nose’s its all about the bacon. (HA-did you catch my humor?)  I love bacon…shhh do not tell mom that I told you this.  But ever so often, I see mom eat my dog treats.  LOL! She must like bacon too.

Last time, I updated you on our first title with United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS).  Since then we have gained our second title with USCSS called Detection Dog Intermediate.  This trial was at a school campground where we found 8 hides and overcame a very tough search in a bunkhouse.  The judge told my mom, “Great job in being patient!”   I have no idea why the judge would say that –Weim-Zoomies are a normal every day occurrence.  Right?

We recently went for the NW2 with the National Association Canine Scent Work (NACSW).  We missed 1 hide because we were about two feet from source. So did not gain our title.  We learned a lot about that, “No, I am sorry that is not correct!”  

Scent Work or Nose Work whatever it may be called is not just about finding the smell, the alert or the bacon.  NERD ALERT:  It is about a team that works through the problem analyzing the environment and how the conditions of terrain, climate, vegetation and weather play into how the scent molecules are traveling.  

REALITY CHECK: Now try and remember all of that when the birds or the bunnies are queued– seriously NOT FAIR, Right?  No worries, we just shake it off and learn and grow.

We have since earned our first title in UKC in three of the elements (Containers, Exterior and Vehicles Searches).  This last UKC trial we were in shock when we learned we earned a High-In Trial.

This last weekend we tried our luck at our first AKC Trial.  The nice thing about AKC and UKC is your YES’s are accumulative and you must pass each element three times to gain a title in that specific element.  We learned another trial opens this coming week, so maybe by the end of July we will gain our first titles in AKC elements.

To be continued…now I lay me down to sleep!

Love,

Asher Von Owyheestar,

NW1, DDI, AKC TKN, UKC NC, UKC NV, UKC NE

Breeder Comment

Everyone at OwyheeStar is very impressed, Asher. Thank you for the report and all the hard work. Tomorrow, I will write a bit more about this topic and list what these titles earn mean. I am positive that several readers would like to know more.

Shiny

~NACSW Nosework Trialing Level 3

I wanted to share Shiny’s recent accomplishments with you and Cliff. He is at Level 3 in NACSW Nose work trialing. A couple weekends ago we had the best trialing ever! He got 3 placements and 2 titles!! He won second overall in trial!! 


He is a wonderful worker, best friend and representative of the breed – thank you so much for my Shiny!!
Julia

Breeder Comment

–Drumroll Please!

We are thrilled to hear of Shiny and your success, Julia. That is outstanding! We have never had the opportunity to visit a Nose Work Trial, but a lot of our clients are getting interested in this venue. What great news!

For those wanting to learn more–please click the Facebook Link above or go to the NACSW Website–click here!

Click Here to learn more about NACSW Titles and Awards.

Julia and Shiny have participated in previous competitions–here are three links featuring Shiny and Julia.

Title Earned

Nosework

Rally

Pushkin

~Trying out Nosework

As summer approaches, it has become time to find a new activity to keep Push’s brain engaged. Due to an ongoing problem with a knee injury  (mine) we are not able to do agility this summer so we are starting a class in scent work. When we are outside, his nose is always to the ground following the scent of some kritter or another. We have deer, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, quail, and have even spotted a juvenile cougar passing through the property.

Luckily he has left the skunks alone unlike Zula who had to learn the hard way that skunks are not black and white cats. Push did find some black bear scat in the oak grove but it was not fresh. Luckily he is not a Weim that has developed the trait of rolling in animal “exhaust”, again unlike Zula who finds rotting deer poo almost to hard to resist.

I also want to let you know that after following your blog, and reading about Dusty and the duralactin, I ordered some for Trixie. Trixie is my 12 year old pit mix that has arthritis in her shoulder. The duralactin seems to have helped her pain as she does not limp as badly as she did before starting it and she is more active. So, thank you for the information.


Marie

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear that you discovered the Duralactin (anti-inflammatory) for Trixie. Also that you are engaged with the Nosework, this discipline seems like a realistic activity for both of you.

What Easter

~Looks Like to Some of Us!

Special Thanks to Patti (Henry’s Mama) for sharing this photo with us!

Breeder Comment

We sincerely hope your Easter Sunday is spectacular. We are sure you will enjoy seeing Easter Bunny Henry as much as we did.

PS: Patti has also promised photos of Henry from his Nosework. She says he got a 3/4–honestly, I am not sure what that means but possibly we will learn more. So, we can look forward to more lovely photos of Henry.

Nosework

~JuneAnn & Porsche

This probably won’t help with the Blog, but it’s the Blog that clued me into the existence of “nose work”. 

A BIG thank you to you and whoever shared their experiences.  Porsche and I have attended only one class.  She seems to have taken to it like a duck to water.  It is so great to have this activity that we both can do.  Agility and stuff like that are out for me.  Porsche sends her love.

Breeder Comment

Asher’s First Trial

Indeed, we are happy that some of the successful OwyheeStar folks shared their experience. Off the top of my head–I can think of three Weims who earned ribbons (awards or titles) in Nosework–Shiny in Colorado (and click here), Henry who lives in Canada, and more recently Asher from Western Washington.

JuneAnn–we are happy you found something fun to do together. Please keep us posted. We also know Asher has earned more ribbons, but we don’t have the exact information to share. We would love an update from Asher’s Mama or anyone else that has been dabbling in the Nosework. If possible–we would love an Emailed report including at least one photo.

Letter

From Asher

    ~ guess we found our niche

Hey Shela and Cliff, Asher here.  It has been awhile but I wanted to update you with a Paw-Awesome report.  My days are filled with many adventures from joy rides to the coffee shop, Farmers Markets, and any store that allow dogs.  Funny thing about coffee shops is a friendly hello bark gets me treats.  Seriously, that is all I have to do to get a treat.  Love it!  (Psst, if any other Weim’s are reading this—heads up Chick-fil-A does it too.)

Sniff, sniff, sniff…there is a game that my mom and I play it is called Nose Work.  She hides treats and I find them.  I know right—more treats—love this game!  However, my mom tells me that she created a nose detective monster.  Asher_ORTAs I built my confidence in sniffing it came time for the Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’S).   My mom questioned, if she was ready and if she should enter all three or just the one.   I told her, “Mom—we got this!”

Paw-Awesome isn’t it?!?  My mom and I make such a great team.  We passed all three odors birch, anise and clove.  She was so happy—I thought, “stop-it mom you’re embarrassing me” but don’t tell her. I was really jumping up and down inside!

And that is how it all began, mom and I trained for the next event our very first trial.  She was nervous because it was the first time she has done anything like this.  She said, “Okay God calm my butterflies and let Asher do what you created him to do!”  She whispered in my little ear, “Okay, handsome—you got this!  Let’s go have some fun!”

We had some fun all right.  My mom was so excited; I think I even saw tears in her eyes—Gesh, woman!  I tell ya!  Well, here it is, nine months of preparation of training and confidence building.  We received our first title in Detection Dog Class Novice.Asher_1st_Trial

Asher_whoMENow that is my superstar moment but let me tell ya—the game of Rally-Obedience not so much.  My trainer told me, ”My focus has been upgraded from a gnat to a small fly.”  I know right, “Are you talking about me?”

Well that is a quick Paw-Awesome report, we have some more trials coming up later in the year and working towards our first competition in Rally-Obedience.  A small fly—I’ll show them!  Keeping my eye on the prize!!Asher_focus

But first, I am going back to bed!Asher_Sleep

 

Love,

Asher Von Owyheestar, DDCN