Teaching Buddy Scent Discrimination

Sequence 4's goal is to teach your dog Scent Discrimination:

1. Make sure that your hands are clean and free from chemicals and perfumes.

2. With you and Buddy facing the board from ten feet away, scent a metal article by slowly rubbing the bar of the dumbbell for 20 seconds and briefly let him hold the article.

3. Take the article out of his mouth, say "Stay," and place the article on the board, letting him watch you place it on the board.

4. Go back to heel and send him with "Find it."

5. If Buddy tries to pick up an incorrect article, encourage him to keep looking by saying, "You can do it!" in an excited tone of voice — or anything other than the original command.

6. When he picks up the correct one, quietly say "That's it" with a big smile on your face.

7. Release backward and reward.

Repeat the sequence by placing the scented leather article in a different location on the board until you're sure that Buddy is using his nose to find the correct article. At the same time, gradually increase the distance you stand from the board to 20 feet. During this sequence, stop the praise for picking up the correct article but continue to smile. You don't want Buddy to become dependent on praise and wait for it before he returns, so eliminate it as soon as you can. Release and reward Buddy after he has returned. Stop after two successive successful responses — one metal and one leather.

Tie two more articles on the board and let the board air out for about two hours before the next round. After each successful round, tie two more articles on the board until all eight articles are tied on the board, letting the board air out after each addition of articles.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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