Thursday, March 14, 2013

Week 34 - Scenting

I am quite impressed with Maddie's work on the Scent-A-Whirl. This is just a fun way to teach Maddie to find something with my scent on it.  Later she will have to do this with leather and metal dumbbells, but for now we use toys.  Maddie has worked up to having a toy sealed in each container and she has to find the one that has the toy we were playing with in it.

I have little symbol on each arm so I can remember which container has the correct toy. However, I do have to actually make an effort to remember.  In the first round, I thought it was a different arm.  Maddie insisted so I decided I better have a look.  Better for her to be wrong than for me to be wrong and hold out on her.  Well she was right!  In fact, she never gets it wrong.

And I love that she retrieves the toy to me!

You can thank Seven for the background noise. She cries and chews on crate bars when it is not her turn.  She sometimes has It-Is-Not-My-Turn Anxiety.

13 comments:

Those Brindle Kids said...

The silouettes of Maddie and you against the white wall is striking. Great job, Maddie!

K-Koira said...

Could you possibly post about making the scent-a-whirl and how you use it for training? And maybe a video of using it?

K-Koira said...

Oh hey, you did post a video already, awesome, sorry, apparently I am reading blogs when I am not yet awake!

Hazel, of Class A Greyhounds...RVing with the big dogs! said...

knonLo21I love the expression on Maddie's face when she is holding those sticks!

andrea said...

Gooooooooooooood
girlzzzzzzzzzz
:D

Claire Krigbaum said...

The photo of her with sticks in her mouth looks so much like Indigo to me!
Good girl!

jet said...

that looks like a really fun game! I think I should try it with my two hehe

Pip said...

Maddie is great with her skills- but Seven is a standout with her attention-seeking. She's a real diva. My two hounds were hopping about the place trying to figure out where she was!

Kristie Smith said...
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Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

I should really set the BF to making a scent-o-whirl for me. I love it. What a great idea! And maybe it would help Kili with her toy motivation. Somewhere between 25 and 28 weeks she stopped really being interested in them unless we're not at home (she wants to play with them for a reward at obedience class but it distracts the other dogs so we're not allowed). I need to get her retrieving like Maddie... but first I gotta get her playing with toys again!

jcp said...

That looks like a pretty fun thing to do and an easy thing to build :)

Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny said...

Miss Maddie looks all grown up!

Aragon greyhounds said...

My gosh she looks like a greyhound now not a puppy!