Do you want the ball?
Astro had his first training session today out in the cattle kraal and he did very well! It was the first time he had worn his harness but he really didnt seem to notice it at all, and he was much better at using his nose to search for his ball than we had expected him to be at this stage. It was a great first session, and we are confident that he is going to progress very fast from here.
We hope to have Astro back with his handler from Cheetah Outreach and a functional member of their team by the end of August. We cant wait to hear about how he gets on once he is out at work!
Astro arrived last week from Cheetah Outreach and is here for a few months to learn to locate Cheetah scat. We have spent a little time getting to know him and have our plan in place. He is going to start off by spending time in the bush, building his confidence and fitness and start off learning to search for his beloved tennis ball. Some of the shepherd breeds can be quite visual, and at the moment Astro uses his eyes more than his nose, but this is not a problem and we are sure he will learn to search by scent very quickly. Out on walks in the bush, we see that his nose definitely works, as he explores all the different smells in the bushveld.