Score….NW1 Earned

I would be remiss if I did not include the NW1 Title earned.  As a team I am so proud we were able to accomplish this in the first try and end up in the top 8.    We just took it one area at a time.  In the end consistency won the day with 30 to 40 second times for each search across the board.






Similar to this photo, the stickler for many dog handler teams was the interior video arcade room with stomped on fries and dark black light environment.  Basically it was easier for the dog to see, so handlers had to have a good sense of space to avoid getting distracted in the dim dark areas.


Trials and such

Wow days are flying by and I have no pictures to show for all our hard work. It’s so tough to remember to take photos during events since so much is going on as a flurry of activity.

With that said, I am really proud that Kkai is taking all things in stride, literally.   Today’s events running on dirt proved challenging for many when cutting and turning.  Quite a few handlers slipped and fell. The right shoes and having doggie nails trimmed are a big asset!

Lest we are completely devoid of any photos, I am including a picture of one of my friends and her awesome little bronze dog.  I can’t thank her enough for all her help and support when I am with Kai girl.  Great mentors are an awesome thing.





End of Summer

Summer always seems to fly by so quickly.   We missed updating August altogether due to busy schedules.  To start off fall right, here is a clip of Kai girly chilling..


Building Value

We made our debut today to try things out (FEO style) basically to see where we are and what we need to work on. (Yes, with treat bag and toys in tow.)  The venue was quite large at Sportplex with two events running at once.  I had no idea how the day was going to turn out or how girly Kai would take everything in.  Much to my delight she handled it all beautifully, with only slight slowing in playing the bang game on the teeter.  Rather than following it down in a slam, she found the tipping point and just balanced it like a surf board to bring it to a gentle stop. No speed on that, but you gotta a give her credit for understanding her balance points in Gidget fashion and respecting the equipment.  Thank goodness she did not roll on turf to scratch her back, seek out dead birds, or gobbed nachos some kids were waving around. To our benefit, I was able to park her in view of what was going on to observe all the action safely while we waited.   Not a peep out of her as dogs passed, people roamed, and dogs barked.  She crated very well.  Way to go K.Kai, I am glad you had fun!….  You are a joy work with.

Here’s view from the deck of ring A…


Barn Hunt Instinct

Interesting videos were taken at barn hunt.  Someone recently asked if there was a difference in hunting between genders of a breed.    After observing multiple dogs, I don’t think it is about gender so much as individual personality, and how the individual dog gathers information from/about odor learning what works.  Some dogs actively push out or flush, and circle back into “point of rodent” etc or pace back and forth which distributes smells out to be processed thereby zeroing back in to source.  The following Rati instinct video clip shows some of this in a lesser degree. (As the dog passes by it is pushing odor toward the bails, later the dog comes back in to pick up on the odor bouncing off the tubes.)

Other dogs may rely a bit more on their hearing or movement rather than just nose (with open game).  In any case, it just depends on the dog and it’s experiences which tactic they decide works best for them.

As far as throwing caution to the wind, I think females may be a bit more careful.  In general it seems Shibas are a bit more directed with some caution (more than I expected), which seems to help them be more precise rather than blowing by game or odor with a plum of scent churned up at their heels.

It’s probably more efficient to have scent out front where a directed path can be more easily followed. Being still/stealth has an advantage in this regard too since the odor path can probably be pinpointed more on a natural gradient “raft” vs tons of commotion which would tip off the game as well in regard to the dogs presence in open areas. Natural patterns of the breed serve them well in what they were bred to do, most efficiently it seems.

No rodents are harmed, to find out more about barn hunts go to the official  barn hunt association site.