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Nose work and other Tripawd training
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21 January 2015 - 5:31 pm
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Hey all! 

Domino is now almost 9 months post amp and doing fantastic! But one thing we’re having trouble with is his energy level! Despite being a Tripawd he’s still a 2yr old Aussie and FULL of energy. We get out and play every day and he loves to go on walks but his remaining front leg gets tired so easy we’re always careful. I found out recently that there’s a training facility near us that specializes in canine nose work classes. It basically is the way they would train a drug dog. I was wondering if any of you have done any of this type of work and what you thought of it? My goal is to hopefully wear him out mentally and keep his leg safe and healthy. 

Thanks all! 

Cassie and Domino 

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21 January 2015 - 6:28 pm
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I think that sounds like a great plan! Low impact and mental stimulation! Love it!

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21 January 2015 - 9:28 pm
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Hi Cassie!  My husband and I started a Noseworks class with our dogs Linda & Bernie (quad-pawds).  The class is about 1.5 hours weekly, and I can tell you, they both are OUT when we get home!  It’s a lot of mental stimulation, and also a confidence builder. We liked the first class so much that we signed up for the second class (which starts next week).  We are moving on to vehicles and exteriors!  So, this should be interesting.  But yes, I’d say go for it with Domino!  I think the both of you will have a great time!!  

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21 January 2015 - 9:37 pm
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WOW! What a great idea!!

And to know that Bernie and Linda are already doing it…loving this!!

Domino’s pictures mkes me smile!

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21 January 2015 - 10:17 pm
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That would be SO good for him! Rehab vets say, it’s much more effective to tire out a dog’s brain than his body. Nosework can definitely do that.  Here’s a post we wrote about it. Domino will do GREAT at this activity!

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22 January 2015 - 6:41 am
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Thank you guys so much!! I think I’m going to try and go take a tour of the facility and talk to some of the trainers. Ours would be the same, its a 1.5hr class once a week for 6 weeks, and then after that that have the advanced nosework for cars and exteriors. And thank you for the links Rene! If we sign Dom up, I’ll try to get some videos during his classes for you! 

Tail Lights Dogs is the place we’re looking at going to and I’ve heard nothing but great things about them. 

Thanks again for all of your insight! 

Cassie and Domino

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So I just called Tail Lights, and its a good thing too! They only had 2 spots left in their March class. So she reserved a spot for us, and in the mean time we have a quick free orientation on the 31st with Domino to see the facility and meet the trainers and for them to assess Domino and his personality! And the trainer that I spoke to has a Tripawd Jack Russell!! So I see good things coming from this place for sure. Hopefully all goes well! 

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Oooh this is gonna be GREAT! TWO Tripawds? Sweeet!

If you care to write about your experience for the blog, we’d love to hear more.

By the way how is Finn doing these days?

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WOW!! Talk about meant to be!! AND the owner has a tripawd!!! BAM!!! Perfect!!

And I LOVE the picture of Finn and Domino! How is Finn doing? Such a huge hunk of gentleness!

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Finn is doing really well. No more limping as of yet. We did some blood work about 2 weeks ago just to make sure all was well and that we could put him on some NSAIDS if needed. So for now he’s good! 

I’d love to write about our experience Rene! I’m very excited to see how it helps Domino.

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YAAAAAAAAAY FOR FINN!!!!clap

Your nose scent work for Domino actually inspired me to check on line for training for Frankie (still unsure about name)! As a hound, he woud LOVE this and help fill his desire to track things. Great idea Cassie! Thanks…and can’t wait to follow Domino’s “nose adventures”!

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Oh good to hear Finn is doing well!

We would TOTALLY love to hear about this course, so thank you. Can’t wait!

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23 January 2015 - 9:20 pm
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Hey Cassie,

Tripawd Johnwayne sent this feedback about nosework to me via private message, it was supposed to go to both of us:

Hi Cassie,

We are in Oregon, and I know you are across the country but thought I would encourage you to look further into K9 Nose Work. If you go to http://www.nacsw.net you can learn lots more about it, watch videos, and find trainers and trials in your area. As it turns out, a friend of mine (from Oregon) is a Certifying Official at Nose Work 3 trials in Virginia this weekend…too far for you to go to watch.

John Wayne and I are working on our Nose Work 3 titles…3 are needed for Elite, as you may know. It is an incredible sport for tripawds and all dogs….uses lots of mental energy and is fabulous for creating superb bonds between dogs and handlers. Many people with challenging dogs who are environmentally sensitive, people sensitive, too much energy, too little energy, etc. are doing nose work. It is a great go to sport that gets the dog engaged…and they often get over or become less problematic in their challenging areas.

Also, and maybe is is just John Wayne, being a tripawd actually has it’s advantages in nose work. He is exceptionally fast…and accurate. Speed is not an issue when going for a title, but there are speed ribbons given out to the top three placements in the four elements, and also overall. We have lots of ribbons!

If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know….we are very involved in the sport…even going as a spectator to Nationals, which will be in Colorado in May….

Best regards,

Jana and John Wayne

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I’ve thought about doing nose work with all 3 of my dogs but they never have classes when I’m available! 

I’d love to see updates when he starts!

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