Dogs hunt to help in new training class


August 31, 2022

Sarah Brown

Canine Training Adventures owner Connie DeBusschere discusses classes she offers inside her training center, which is where she will also offer boarding services starting in October.

Gracie could smell a rat, but it didn't take long to nose out the culprit.

The 4-year-old brindle Plott hound was practicing her nose work at Connie DeBusschere's Canine Training Adventure in Sweet Home, where boxed rats were hidden in trees, brush and tires.

It was part of her new service called the North American Sport Dog Association (NASDA) that she recently added to her dog-training business. It puts the animals' olfactory skills to use in finding antler sheds and rats in her field through trailing and air-scenting.

"It all simulates real-life purposes for dogs, searching and getting r...

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