Little Wally just came to us for an introduction to Nosework.
He is a very bold and confident for a 4 month old puppy and is very motivated for treats.
We introduced him to the Ramsey Nosework System by having him search the Training Lab for treats on his first training session of the day (one lesson consists of three 'sessions'). He was having a lot of fun with that, and quickly learned to search independently and to not give up until he found what he was looking for.
After a little break he came back into the building and started searching for a combination of Birch, Anise and Clove in a Ramsey Odor Box paired with food. He began to grasp the concept of returning to source, and started to offer the focused response behavior in order to receive more rewards, not leaving until he was lured away.
Part of the learning process for the dogs is narrowing down what gets them 'paid' in this context, or what specific criteria we are asking of them. While processing this Wally offered the behavior of pawing the box. He was verbally interrupted (with an 'uh-uh'), after which he stuck his nose back in the hole and that behavior was immediately marked and Wally was rewarded. The Ramsey Nosework System provides clarity in communicating to the dog as to what works and will get them rewards as well as explaining what does NOT work. It is much easier to explain these concepts in the early stages of learning than to allow bad habits to form and have to change the rules to the dog later on.
We're looking forward to more training with little Wally 🙂