collapse

Author Topic: Is my dog learning to find sheds?  (Read 2025 times)

Offline Eric M

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2015
  • Posts: 1217
  • Location: somewhere in time
Is my dog learning to find sheds?
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:23:28 PM »
I kind of inherited my sons blue heeler when he moved out. I've been taking her to look for sheds with me this year. These dogs are pretty smart and will do anything for food. She's almost 7. Anyway, I found an old shed today. After letting her sniff on it and giving her pepperoni I sat my coffee down to use as a marker as I planned to do a little search around and see if I could find the match. 20 feet away she is standing there looking at me. Something catches my eye and she is standing between a pair of this years sheds! I gave her the benefit of the doubt (she got more pepperoni). She won't touch them though. So I'm not sure if it was just coincidence. I have noticed as we have been spending 2-10 hours a day in the field that once her paws toughened up, she seems to know what areas I'm headed toward (similiar smells maybe?) and she'll jump right into the blackberry thorns ahead of me. Anyone have any thoughts about this? Attached is the picture. She's looking towards a noise from something we bumped.

Offline ghosthunter

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 4962
  • Location: Mount Vernon WA
Re: Is my dog learning to find sheds?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2016, 08:34:21 PM »
Well as a kid one of my first jobs was a ranch hand. The boss had a pair of healers.
The males name was Micky. When ever I started for the ranch truck he would jump in the passenger seat. Sit down and put his front leg on the arm rest.

I spent 100s of Hours driving that dog around the ranch. I swear he talked to me.


No idea if yours is shedding  but it would not surprise me. They are smart.
GHOST CAMP "We Came To Hunt"
Proud Parent of A United States Marine

We are all traveling from Birth to the Packing House. ( Broken Trail)

Offline Eric M

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2015
  • Posts: 1217
  • Location: somewhere in time
Re: Is my dog learning to find sheds?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2016, 11:13:38 PM »
No idea if yours is shedding  but it would not surprise me. They are smart.
[/quote]
Especially when pepperoni is involved.

Offline Skyvalhunter

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2007
  • Posts: 11713
  • Location: The valley
Re: Is my dog learning to find sheds?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2016, 05:30:15 AM »
No but he is smart enough to know he likes pepperoni!! :chuckle:

 

* Recent Topics

Cows killed in eastern Washington by 10thmountainarcher
[Today at 12:53:07 AM]


Chelan Wolverine by huntnphool
[Yesterday at 11:27:23 PM]


338 375 ruger build by b23
[Yesterday at 11:17:29 PM]


Loctite by Calvin Rayborn
[Yesterday at 11:00:14 PM]


WDFW News Release by huntnphool
[Yesterday at 10:57:43 PM]


Upper S. Fork Tieton Archery Cow? by Mudman
[Yesterday at 10:46:08 PM]


RIB-EYE THATS WHATS FOR DINNER. by bracer40
[Yesterday at 10:26:50 PM]


WARNING: Uncle Mike's nylon holsters are TRASH!!! by Calvin Rayborn
[Yesterday at 10:26:22 PM]


Wolves tree DNR worker in Okanogan county by bracer40
[Yesterday at 10:24:05 PM]


Dog Crate by Happy Gilmore
[Yesterday at 10:20:36 PM]


Suggestions for the new WDFW director Susewind by Dhoey07
[Yesterday at 10:08:13 PM]


Looking for an Arima by Encore 280
[Yesterday at 10:07:22 PM]


WTS: Plano Trunk by getreal711
[Yesterday at 10:01:46 PM]


Anyone hunting Blue Grouse with a Pointer? by bobcat
[Yesterday at 09:52:15 PM]


2018 County Challenge! I'm closing in... by lokidog
[Yesterday at 09:39:39 PM]


Wild boar in Iraq? by metlhead
[Yesterday at 09:37:15 PM]


bighorn conversion question by Browndown
[Yesterday at 09:36:40 PM]


S&W SD9 VE thoughts and/or experiences? by lokidog
[Yesterday at 09:31:52 PM]


2018 upgrades by ctwiggs1
[Yesterday at 09:16:16 PM]


Muzzy broadheads by SCRUBS
[Yesterday at 08:56:25 PM]