My wife and I finally caved in to our daughter’s relentless marketing campaign for a family dog. On Monday afternoon, Kennedy, a nine-week-old Beagle-something mix from the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society, joined our family. I’m a little concerned about the amount of care a dog needs, and I’ve never had one before, so I’m a little at a loss as to how to care for one. But that aside, I’m pretty excited about the possibility of having a new geocaching partner.
Yesterday, my daughter and I took him to his first cache, which was an easy letterbox cache about 4 miles from home. We walked about a third of a mile along a paved trail, then dived off the side along a geotrail to make a quick find. Kennedy loves to sniff anything, so all in all he seem pleased with both the walk and the sniffing it entailed at the end.
What I wonder, though, is if it’s possible to train a dog to sniff out caches? Could finding hidden plastic containers in the woods be something you could actually train a dog to do, or is the variety of hides, sizes, and heights of the hides make it too difficult for a dog to ever be effective? Anyway, something to work towards as the dog integrates itself into our household.