Jedismom Posted February 4, 2012 Report Share Posted February 4, 2012 Jedi is 4 yrs. old now and I continue to learn about him. Though I don't know why this latest should surprise me so much. I mean I always knew he was brilliant. I've been doing nose work with Cadi for some time now. I chose this for her because she's always been nose driven with a high prey drive. She loves to do it because she's motivated by food and to use her nose. It took her awhile to go after the smell of birch, which is a requirement for the 1st level test. We had to pair that smell with food for a really long time before we took it away and expected her to find the birch. I received my new kit in the mail a few days ago, because we needed some extra practice for the odor tests at the end of this month. I decided to practice some too with Jedi and see how he did. Ummm...wow. Night and day on the learning curve and Cadi is no slouch in the intelligence department. I let him watch for a few minutes while Cadi went first. Then I let him have a shot. I hid the food. Found it in 2 sec. and came back with a look like "What else you got". Ok, I'll pair it with birch scent then..find it...4 seconds later, "Really, what else you got". Ok then, I won't pair it. I'll just put out birch and elevate it even. 6 seconds later..."Seriously?" I realized then that Jedi was so eager for a job to do that he didn't care about the food. Once he realized what I wanted from him he went at it very enthusiastically and got the job done. He is motivated by work and since we don't have any sheep, this will do for now. I haven't seen him so excited about something in a while, so I went ahead and registered him with the National Association of Canine Scent Work and he might be taking the test at the same time as Cadi at the end of this month! I so love border collies, their brains, their humor, their intensity, and their work ethic. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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