Meet DeeDee! She is an awesome ten-year-old Labrador Retriever from Thornton, New Hampshire! This champion shed-hunting Labrador may have sniffed out a record-breaking antler!
Last weekend, DeeDee and her owner, Parker Uhlman, found three recently-shed. Uhlman thinks the biggest may be the biggest antler found yet.
The Labrador can smell an antler dropped in the woods by a deer or other horned animal. The dropped antler is known as a “shed.”
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Ulhman has been hunting sheds competitively for 30 years. He and DeeDee compete nationally.
In competitions, dog and owner need to find six sheds in a defined area. The pair with the fastest time wins.
Parker sent his Labrador to be trained in shed-hunting in North Carolina when she was a 2-year-old.
She is trained on the scent of a shed and brings her prize back if she can. If it is too big for her to carry, she yips or gives other signals.
Parker says DeeDee she loves to shed hunt. Her reward for finding a shed is always a treat.
“She loves to go,” he says. “When she sees the whistle and knows she is going she shakes and pants uncontrollably.”
DeeDee can find a shed in the New Hampshire woods in an average of two hours. Uhlman says that it used to take him about eight hours to find one on his own.
He has collected a whole pile of sheds, enough to make several coffee tables.
DeeDee and Uhlman appeared in Outdoor Life last year after they won the 2013 World Shed Dog Championships.
Many Labradors are involved in the sport, but any dog can be trained to scent shed. Last year, German Wirehaired Pointers and Labradoodles, among others, competed.
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