Thursday, January 28, 2010

Congratulations Austin and Sierra!

Congratulations to Austin and Sierra who became the proud parents of nine puppies over night. The puppies weigh between 12 and 17 oz and are all doing well. There are 5 boys and 4 girls. They live in Pennsylvania.

Around the Clock

Boston is currently training in utility which is the highest level in obedience. One of the exercises she must learn is scent discrimination. She must find the article I put my scent on out of a pile of 12 articles (six leather and six metal). While training is it important for her to learn to work the pile in a circle scenting all of them until she comes to the right one. I am using Janice DeMello's Around the Clock system which has a chart on the floor. Each night she retrieves one article for me (we are starting with metal) 11 times. Each time there is one more article added to the chart, so she has to work harder to find it. If she goes "around the clock" while looking and stops to lick cheese off the correct one and then brings it, she has completed the exercise. Here she is demonstrating finding and bringing the article in the final retrieve for the session.