To recap, this is my second try at taking the novice scent work class. The class I'm taking asks for all dogs to be crated when it's not their turn, and I couldn't deal with Maggie barking in the crate. I give my instructors a lot of credit, they emailed me to try to convince me that I was more upset about the barking than anyone else, but given Maggie's history it just wasn't going to work for us. Willow is taking scent work this time.
We just finished our 3rd class, and tonight we introduced scent! You guys, this is so fun. At first I was kind of befuddled. We're just going around eating treats out of boxes. And Willow wasn't as excited about eating treats out of boxes as some of the dogs. It's always a little disappointing when you feel like all of the other dogs are getting it and yours isn't. But I was determined to just trust the process. If they were able to get the chihuahua (who I think might be a little developmentally delayed, but that's our secret) to be succesful at scentwork then Willow could do it. She's a furry little genius with a slightly not fabulous human leader. But I try really hard.
ANYWAY, before we started with scent we warmed up with treats in boxes. I've been practicing with the girls twice a day. I felt like everyone should have an opportunity to play, even though only Willow is going to class. And she busted out of that crate and went to work hunting for treats like a pro. It's really exciting to see them figure out the game.
This week our homework consists of sniffing Birch and eating squeeze cheese. Squeeze cheese is not on the approved treat list, but it's approved for human consumption so I don't think anyone will die. Who am I kidding? Squeeze cheese is fabulous and the dogs have to share with me.
Also, I really like all of the tiny little containers used in this sport. I might have a shopping problem!