The winter 2017 tracking season has begun! Mom takes us out tracking all year, but we do the most tracking work in the spring and summer because of the weather conditions. Summer is for cool days only, and in the winter the temperature and snow conditions have to be safe to work in. [Read more…]
Sunday, Bailie and I participated in a Sniff ‘n Go nose work event held by our instructor. It was a lot of fun, and some good practice too. We always take some time off from our sports in December. After a two week break, this was our first time back in sniffing action.
The Sniff ‘n Go had three searches, all holiday themes. The set up, if you know about nose work, was more the style of an elements trial than a traditional trial. The first two searches had multiple hides, the last one just one hide. Back last spring we did another Sniff ‘n Go for Easter that was a lot of fun with all Easter themed searches.
Our video has been edited as it was rather long, and we only included some of the interesting parts of the three searches. We had six videos total to combine and pare down. Actually, only my videos were edited. Bailie’s search, the third one on the video is the full search. Now we will be getting back into our practicing habit even though we are off of school until January 9th. There are trials to be entered starting the end of February and we need to get our noses prepared!
Another other fun thing about the Sniff ‘n Go is that there was a donation made to a dog charity and we also brought two new toys to give to shelter/rescue dogs to help them have a better holiday! If your dog does sports, do you go to any fun holiday events?
What about puppy tracking? Should you train a young puppy to track? What age is the right age? As you can see, Madison is ready to hit the trails and learn to track. Puppies can learn to track easily, but you need to take baby steps and keep it all fun. [Read more…]
Who out there knows the article game? As you know, I got my tracking certification last winter and need to get a spot in, and pass my Tracking Dog Test the end of October or it is back to square one. I’m not into tracking like Bailie, but I can do it if I have to. Lately, though, I’ve quit stopping when I find an article and that is a serious issue. [Read more…]
What happens at Camp Warren stays at Camp Warren unless you are Emma the GBGV, and you have a blog! Mom, Bailie, and I spent last weekend at Camp Warren in Eveleth with thirty or so of our closest friends and their dogs. It was a blast and we can’t wait to go again next year. Last year was the first year for this gathering. We became addicted after that first weekend! [Read more…]
Element Specialty Trials are a fun part of nose work. They are more fun based and relaxed than regular nose work trials, but are not always easy. On Labor Day I was entered in Level 1 Exteriors in Hudson, WI. I passed which gives me all four Level 1 Element Specialty Titles. This is also my first title of any sort ever earned outside Minnesota.
At level 1, most trials consist of four separate searches, each one having one birch hide. Times are much shorter than most regular trials. My searches were 1:30 or 1:00 in length which is not a lot of time to find a hide. It had rained all night and into the early morning, making things soaking wet too. Nevertheless, I got my paws into motion, nose to the grindstone, and found all the hides earning me my title! My mom did pretty well too. Remember, she is the one who is usually the problem team member!
I now have all my Level 1 Element Specialty Titles which means now I will start working on my Level 2 Titles. In case you don’t remember the other Level 1 Titles, I will recap for you:
- I got my very first every nose work title in May 2015, at an elementary school. It was my Level 1 Vehicle Title.
- My second element title, Level 1 Containers, was earned at Buckhill in October 2015 at Buckhill Ski Area.
- This June 2016, I earned my Level 1 Interior Title at the Hasse Arena.
- The Hudson Civic Ice Arena was the place for my title on Labor Day, my Level 1 Exterior Title.
I’m still busy, proudly making GBGV history being the only GBGV with all four element titles, as well as my NW1 and NW2 Titles. Bailie will now work hard to secure her spot as the second GBGV to get the titles too!
Because I know many of you like to see me in action, I put two of my four videos together for your viewing pleasure. The first search I found the hide in just 11 seconds which is lightning fast for me. Sometimes I get laughed at for being so slow but I don’t care. I am methodical and thorough. In the second video, there is a lot to see. Watch how right as I start I stop to sniff grass. I was not doing nose work, so Mom nudged me with her leg. For me it is best if she doesn’t talk much. I respond to movement much better. Next I go right to the hide, but as I’m about to signal alert, the barking dogs distract me. I lose my train of thought for a moment, but then get back on track and give Mom the alert. That second search had a lot going on in it, but I made it through.
The road trip to Somers Wisconsin was supposed to be a really fun two days with just me and Mom, but things didn’t really go as planned. I was called up from the wait list for an NW2 Trial spot just a week before the trial on July 24th. Mom and I took the opportunity and wanted to turn it into a fun road trip but it turned out to be more of just an adventure. [Read more…]
Our nose work weekend is over. There was an NW2 and NW3 Trial in Hudson, WI at North Hudson Elementary School, about an hour from our house on Saturday and Sunday. If you follow me on social media you may have heard about it as it happened. Bailie was the dog in white for the NW2 Trial on Saturday. She misunderstood the meaning of her job and came downstairs all dressed up in white Saturday morning! [Read more…]
The tracking seminar last month was a fun and informative time for Mom and Bailie. Being held at Shamrock Park, it sounded like a lucky event to be a part of! Bailie has her TD, Tracking Dog, Title and needs to work towards her next title. Her options are TDX, Tracking Dog Excellent, or VST, Variable Surface Tracking. After the seminar, Bailie and Mom decided to work towards a VST Title. A TDX involves finding fields, woods, streams, much more difficult in our suburban area. VST works in any park. [Read more…]
Last weekend was our big nose work weekend! Mom was on a committee with some of our nose work friends, that helped SPDTC host four element specialty trials. It was a lot of work to get the entire weekend to run smoothly, but the committee and our super certifying official pulled it all together to make a big success. Those six humans made a great team! [Read more…]