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Just wanting to share the fun we are having with a new game... Nose Work! Wolfhound, Hazel, was our motivation. She is a very fearful girl and along with all the things we have been doing to socialize her, it was suggested that we try nose work, so we did, and of course what one does, we all do! So Dwayne is handling Gracie and I am handling Hazel and we are all having a great time. After years of agility and obedience training, it took Gracie a bit to realize that we weren't going to be giving her any cues or commands--she is on her own, but she figured it out quickly and is loving the hunt! We are now on our second session and the pups are just being introduced to the scent of birch, and we are looking forward to entering some trials down the road.

I anyone else doing nose work with their dood?? 

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I put Gyver in a class...  he found the mouse and immediately peed on him...  I took him out for his third pee and was allowed to entire again...  as soon as he found the mouse under four bales of hay  he peed on him again...…  we didn't go back.        LOL  sometime he is embarrassing.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 10, 2019 at 1:39pm

Oh my gosh!! Those ribbons are beautiful! Delilah, you are without a doubt a ROCK STAR!!!

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 10, 2019 at 1:36pm

These are the two favorite from the weekend we got our NW3 Elite.....

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 10, 2019 at 1:35pm

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 10, 2019 at 1:35pm

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

So sorry about Quinn's passing.  He was a special boy and you gave him such a good home.  You were probably very right to go with a pup, with good bloodlines, hoping to prevent some health issues.  I have a class with someone that always had wolfhounds and now has a Doodle.....she says they are definitely different.  She said her Wolfhounds were pretty laid back so hopefully Hurricane Hazel will calm as she ages.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 5:34pm

About 2 months ago, I posted in the Blog about Quinn passing at the end of last December and Hazel joining us in April. Quinn's passing has been heartbreaking, and I think it always will be, but through him, I learned I love sharing life with a giant hound. So we put out feelers with the idea of eventually finding a wolfhound needing to be rehomed, and was unexpectedly presented with the opportunity of a puppy from a terrific breeder couple. We decided that maybe a puppy with good breeding and a chance at good health, might be the best way to go; Quinn left us feeling pretty fragile. So in April, Hurricane Hazel joined us!! It's been a whirlwind and a challenge. Since we weren't coming back north until April, the breeders held onto her for us. She was 5 mos. when we picked her up and had spent all that time living closely with her sister. She loves us, but the separation from that bonding wasn't easy for her and we've been working hard at helping her to gain her own independent confidence. She's much stronger, but we've still got a ways to go, and nose work has been great for her! I will see Sue on Monday and will definitely try to jog her memory. She seems to have a great memory for nose work people, so I won't be a bit surprised to find she remembers you. I'll let you know!

Comment by Laurie, Jackson and Delilah on November 9, 2019 at 2:42pm

Sue, I've had her as a CO, I have had her as a judge, and competed at the same trials with her.  Ithaca, NY was a bear, sleet, cold, wind and we got our 2nd NW3 and I do believe that (just looked it up so I am correct) that is were she got her NW3 Elite with Sully.  We've talked a couple times, not sure if she will remember me.  Ask her if she remembers Laurie and a Doodle named Delilah?  She is a good person, and I'm sure an excellent trainer.  You'll be fine in Florida....good to keep up the momentum...I have not run in to anyone that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed talking and sharing with involving nose works...It is a wonderful group of individuals and we all LOVE our dogs!!!!  I find the science behind it fascinating and enjoy watching different dogs search.  They are all unique, yet similar.  So glad you found something for Hazel.  I didn't know you had another Wolfhound....rescue?  Like Quinn?  I hope we do run into each other in the Nose Work world, wouldn't it be fabulous.  Happy Sniffing until then and keep enjoying the game.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on November 9, 2019 at 1:07pm

Hi Laurie! We are training with Sue Frisch. Her training facility is called Your Dog's Place located in Honesdale, PA. She also works as a trainer at Nose Work camps--she just returned from a camp in Colorado, and she runs her own trials (NACSW), and she is at the Elite level with her Rottie, Sully, so I guess there are multiple possibilities for the two of you crossing paths. 

Wow! Elite! I am such a newbie that I really don't have all of this down pat, but I know Elite is, well.... Elite! How awesome for you and Delilah! Congratulations!

I volunteered at one of Sue's trials a couple of weeks ago and it was awesome to watch the searches. I had to laugh because I'm sure to many people it would be akin to watching paint dry, but I think I am getting hooked because I loved it!

We are heading to Florida in a couple of weeks and are going to continue to train down there at Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County. I don't want to lose momentum. We are so new to this and I'm nervous about the idea of joining a different group, but Sue says we will fit right in. Ha! Hope she is right! 

I do want to compete and I think that although Hazel will probably always have a nervous edge, she will be okay with nose work trials--especially with Gracie at her side. It's amazing to watch this fearful, timid giant hound enter the search area and go to work. So far, not much has fazed her; she is so focused on the job--it's heartwarming to see her so confident. Gracie of course applies her "I'm happy anywhere" attitude. I love the joy she brings to everything! 

Wouldn't it would be just fabulous if we happened to meet up one day?!

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