There has been an increasing amount of creative thinking going on lately in the dog training world about enriching the lives of pet dogs. While there are lots of ideas floating around about how to do it, just about everyone agrees that doing nosework is one of the best ways to allow dogs to engage in an activity that is enjoyable and fulfilling. And it does not necessarily mean entering competitions or training to be a police K-9 dog (but it could!). It can be as simple as letting your dog do a lot of sniffing on walks or finding treats hidden in the backyard. We have featured nosework resources many times in the past (click here for ideas), but here are some titles that may give you some ideas you may not have thought of before:
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Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs by Laura VanArendonk Baugh.
So much can be done in a puppys first few months of life to equip her for our human world and expectations. A well-socialized puppy is not only a happier puppy for her own sake but is also a better-mannered and more reliable pet.
Gymnastricks: Targeted Muscle Training for Dogs by Carmen Mayer. Gymnastrics is ideal as a warm up for dog sports, mental and physical training for your older or retired dog, rehab from injury, or as general balance, stability or body awareness exercises. No special equipment is required, meaning it is inclusive to all.
Xtreme Foundations DVD by Silvia Trkman. In her latest DVD, Trkman covers extreme challenges for verbal discrimination, come to hand, threadles, pushes, obstacle discrimination, tunnel traps, and weaves. It comes with a 17-page PDF file that includes many different sequences, most of which require minimal space and equipment so that they are easy to implement in your training.
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