Wag It Games’ Quarry Quest is something I did not get the chance to try with my own dog so when I started to teach it I don’t think I realized how much fun it was, now I am a total convert and I think it may be one of my favorite scent classes! Best of all the dogs seem to really be loving it too.
While I enjoy all the scent games, particularly the Wag it Games scent games, there is a light bulb moment that seems to come with Quarry Quest that never fails to make me smile. When it clicks you can see it in the dogs, you can see it in the handlers, and it is so much fun. The dogs start exploring more, they start picking up speed, and their enjoyment is infectious.
We just finished up our last round of classes and this time I remembered to take some video! Which is good because people have been asking me what goes on in class. The basics are that a course is created, with ins and outs and overs and unders, different surfaces and different heights. Then we take some containers and hide them. Some have wool, some have poly-fill, and the dogs have to identify which one has the wool.
Ally, Bonnie (who was not able to make the last class), Jack and Stella had been working for six weeks and they rocked at Quarry Quest – they were exploring, using their noses and working! And also having fun. So proud of this group.
You know it is a good class when it ends with tired, happy dogs.