It pays to know your dog, especially when doing nose work! My sisters and I all work very differently, but Mom knows each of us and our styles really well. Bailie has trouble applying herself, and that is key knowledge if you want to work successfully with her!
The Level 1 Container Element Trial was on May 14th, and Bailie did get her L1C title, but it was not easy! She was not herself at all that day. She spit out treats, refused to search, and was distracted all the time. There were four searches, Bailie needed to pass three for her title. It should have been an easy day, but it was anything but! The trial was at a hockey arena but there was no ice in the rink at the time. Had mom noticed the judge (left side of the photo) was looking at his cellphone when their first search started, she would have known it was an omen for a tough day!
Bailie had very little interest in working this first search. You can see in the photo, she appears to be on a walk, not even noticing the boxes. Mom is trying desperately to get her to search but to no avail. They failed the first search…not a good way to start the day.
The second search was outside. Bailie lacked focus, but Mom managed to get enough information to call the hide correctly for a pass. This short video was their third search. See how Bailie really isn’t working at sniffing the boxes. It was a 1 1/2 minute search with just six boxes which “should” be a piece of cake. Bailie turned it into a real nerve tingler for Mom! They passed at the last minute, thank goodness!
A circle of seven boxes outside on the grass with 1 1/2 minutes was the final search. Find this one hide and get the title. Sounds easy, but Bailie made it quite difficult! Note at the start her tongue was out which is a sign she is on odor. The odor was right in front of the start line, but Bailie walked right by!
Once again, she was totally interested in everything but the boxes.
Sniffing the grass, not the box.
Looks more like she is out for a walk than a nose work search!
“Hey Mom! A flying bug!”, said Bailie. Mom knows Bailie loves to chase bugs, but she pulled her off that bug and had her get back to business right away because they already had their thirty second warning. She also likes to chase shadows. Things like this are good to know when you are competing with your dog.
Finally, with just 4 seconds to spare, Bailie told Mom where the hide was! Everyone was laughing, including Mom, because no one expected her to say “alert” at the last second. It pays to know your dog so you know if they are goofing off, not feeling well, or are not being honest with you. Bailie is a big game player which really keeps Mom on her toes all the time!
Thankfully, they managed to squeak out that L1C Title! Bailie wasn’t her usual self that day, but nevertheless, they have been working on some motivational training in anticipation of her trial spot this weekend. Paws crossed Bailie applies herself for a change! It will be almost 100 degrees on trial day which will add a whole different challenge!
The still photos in this post have been purchased from Caprise Adams, the trial photographer, for use by My GBGV Life. They are the property of My GBGV Life, and are not to be copied or used by others without permission from My GBGV Life.