Last week we said hello to Czechia again. This time we participated in Tollers on Beroun, which Toller Klub CZ. organized.
Already during registration for the event, we could choose between nosework, dummy, obedience, and dog-dancing training. Our choice fell on nosework and our favorite dummy. It was a very successful long weekend full of positive moods, education and resting moments.
We started with Nosework every day. What does that exactly cover? It is one of the newest dog sports based on the most natural ability of all dogs - the sense of smell. It is about a dog searching for predetermined smells in different places. Since we are complete beginners at this, all we needed, for now, was cinnamon and a couple of jam bottles. This sport is not demanding on the physical but rather on the mental fitness of the dog. Therefore, observing how Kaisey thinks and performs some of the tasks was very interesting.
The lunch time we used for resting. After that we frolicked with Kaisey in the nearby, either by the water or in the adjacent forest.
We had a slightly more physically complex exercise in the afternoon - working with dummies. Our trainer - Jana Bučilová, did not spare us at all...:o) We practised working at different distances, even with a change in the environment. Some of the tasks went great; in some, we were less successful. But Kaisey and her willingness to please us does not allow us to rest on our laurels and, simultaneously, gives us the taste and energy for further exercises.
During evenings, we enjoyed the moments in friendly discussions at a shared table with other tour participants. It was a great bunch.
In conclusion, I must admit that this weekend also showed us our strengths and weaknesses. We plan to continue to work and improve in both and look forward to further joint activities, experiences, and knowledge.