Last week Madison completed her first session of nose work classes! She is following in the paw prints of us big sisters and loves the sport! [Read more…]
Bailie is in training for a TDX Test right now. She is our super tracking hound and is hoping to get a test spot this year. Her TD title took three tries, but when she got it back in October 2015. It was well deserved. The next step is the TDX, Tracking Dog Excellent, which is a lot more challenging than the TD. [Read more…]
Last week on March 7th, Madison had her very first nose work class! She is excited to get started in the sport that Bailie and I both love, and she gets to use her wonderful hound sniffing talents! She is the exact same age Bailie was when she started, seven months old. [Read more…]
The last weekend in February, Mom, Bailie, Madison, and their driver/nanny hit the road to Appleton, WI for nose work elements trials! Bailie got her L1V Title last April and wanted to get a couple more. It is about a five hour drive with a stop or two, each way. Madison went along to experience her first road trip, and to learn what it is like at a nose work trial. Stay tuned, Madison starts nose work class on March 7th! [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]