I’m happy to report that Mom and I, Team Emma/Team Red, reached our three nose work goals over the weekend. We have been in a nose work slump of sorts for about a year now. After having our worst trial results ever in March, we have worked hard to fix our team with private lessons and motivational training. Saturday was our first test and we passed with flying furs! [Read more…]
What happens when severe weather hits at a nose work trial? We have always wondered, but until this month, never had to worry about it. Initially the weather was supposed to be almost 100 degrees, so the trial time was moved up an hour with the hope of getting done earlier. In actuality, the weather turned cool, and severe storms became the problem. [Read more…]
Our motivational training in nose work seems to be paying off. Both Bailie and I are good at nose work, but lately, we have been lacking enthusiasm. Both of us go to our regular class, and Mom has taken us each to some private lessons to work on our motivation. [Read more…]
My sisters and I enjoyed some fun times sniffing around town on the Memorial Day long weekend! Mom likes to get us out to different places and long weekends are the perfect opportunity. One place we went sniffing with several friends was the State Fairgrounds DNR area. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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?
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…]
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…]