My kid sister (SPINNINGJW) is a Physical Therapist Assistant, and she did one of her oral presentations her last semester in school on NEAT. She showed me the power point slides and I was very interested.
If you think about the sniffer dogs at airports who find smuggled contraband, or the law enforcement dogs who look for drugs, you can picture nosework. We teach our dogs exactly the same thing - only using essential oils like wintergreen, pine, thyme, birch, anise, and clove. The dogs learn to detect those smells hidden in containers, hidden in rooms, hidden outside, and hidden around the exterior of vehicles. It is totally amazing how quickly the dogs learn and how much they enjoy using their noses.
The weekend started sad because my son went back home. I miss him already. At least I'll see him again in 2 months
Tomorrow my puppy starts agility classes. That should keep us both busy. Too bad the snow is too deep outside to do any practicing at home. Sundays I teach nosework classes. That is also really fun - and keeps my brain busy thinking up ways to challenge the students