Yes we can teach an old dog new tricks!
Oh my! If my youngster [nearly 15 year old Mick] lives long enough, he is surely a worthy candidate to take a shot at a Nose Work three trial. He is working so well, and I am able to track what we are doing out there [at least in practice!]
We have blind container drills with call to finish successfully under our belt twice now. At level three, the handler doesn't know how many hides there are, between one and three. And has to call 'finish' when you believe the dog has found all the odor locations that is present in the room, on the vehicle, in the container drill, and for the exterior. And there will be one interior room to search that will not have odor, and the handler has to call 'clear'. So many challenges.
The good news is that Mick just had a geriatric workup with our favorite and trusted vet Dr. Williams and he is doing great.