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18 October 2009
Last Saturday Elly passed her first ORT (odor recognition test)!!
Here is a page with description of an ORT and a couple of videos. By comparison to the dogs in the videos… Elly found the correct box in 6.35 seconds!
We have been taking Nose Work classes for 10 months now and the activity has done wonders for Elly, her confidence has increased by leaps and bounds!
My biggest concern at the test was not that she could pass the test itself, but the fact that she would have to wait in my truck for a few minutes while I went to the pre-brief. She was diagnosed last February with severe separation anxiety when left alone in a car. She has done OK at home, better now that when she first came to live with me, but she absolutely could not be left in my truck. She had to wait for 13 minutes (I time everything!) and while she was a little too wound up when I came back, she settled very quickly when I let her out and she was willing to get back in (she used to refuse to get back in the truck). We have worked very hard to get her comfortable in the truck by herself, literally starting with just opening the door for a few seconds to now, 8 months later, where she can handle 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
We are off tomorrow on our first mini-road trip. We are going to visit family, Elly’s first trip away from home with me. It is about a 3 hour drive (Elly’s longest trip so far) and we are planning on spending two nights with my aunt.
In case anyone is interested here is the National Association of Canine Scent Work web site- lot of info on Nose Work.
Karen and Elly
22 February 2013
A SPECIAL TREAT FOR A SPECIAL GIRL!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS ELLY!! 🙂 🙂 🙂. You are a speed dog Olympian with a Champion Nose!! 🙂 🙂 We are all sooooo prpud of you and your Mom!! 🙂 🙂
A A. couple of things your Mom needs to work on though! She actually made this post WITHOUT a picture of your adorable self!!! Yes, she really did that!!! And no video either??? She still jas time to redeem herself though…so we’ll be waiting…… We have to get a videonofnyou in the marketing piece on their website!! I mean, Augie and Waffles were cute and all, but a TRIPAWD ELLY COMPLETING HER NOSE WORK IN RECORD TIME…..BEST MARKETING TOOL EVVVVVER!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Now, if I recall, Stubborn Pug Maggie OWNED her seat in your truck, right? She looooved being yiur Co-pilot! Hmmmm…is kt just possible that A gel Stubborn Pug Maggie is sending Elly messages to stay put of HER truck????
Your road trip ought ti be “interesting” to say the least!! Be safe and have a great time! Extra hugs to ykur Dad and all yiur Aunties!
Lots and lots of love to all!
Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!
PS. Karen, theynuse CLOVES and ANISE??? I really was surprised to read that! I thought they hid some tasy treat under there. Really, I did.
Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!