Ever since we picked up our tri coloured little mountain dog puppy at the breeders three years ago, I’ve known that Alfie needed more than just physical exercise to stay sane in the city. As an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, he came with a heritage suited for cattle herding – meaning an abundance of energy and a very clever brain. I quickly learned that in addition to long walks and fun games we would need to think of challenging brain games to keep this pup’s mind stimulated!
Find it – a Fun Brain Game for High Energy Dogs
We started off with an easy game of find it – hiding a treat for Alfie to find. At first we made it really easy hiding it within sight, and then under an object such as a kitchen towel. We then moved on to hiding several treats in one room, followed by several treats in several rooms. The same game worked really well outdoors. Then I started playing the same game with his toys and Alfie still loved using his sniffer to find them. You can read more about Alfie’s favourite game ‘Find it’ here.
Fast forward three years and we’ve now signed up for K9 Nose work classes here in San Francisco, and I will post links to our training updates on this page. I hope you will enjoy reading about our progress.
Our K9 Nose Work Training
- An introduction to K9 Nose work – and Alfie’s very first sniffer class!
- Continuing to learn the basics of K9 Nose Work – Alfie learns about sniffing for treats and toys hidden inside objects, treats hidden at different heights and learns a ‘search’ command.
- Alfie’s first vehicle search – Alfie learns to find treats hidden in the productive areas of a vehicle.
- K9 Nose Work Level 2 – an overview of what we learned.
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A fun video of Alfie searching for his toy in the autumn leaves