Last week Madison started sniffing for odor in her nose work class. This is her second of the three basic nose work courses. Until this point, the dogs have been searching for treats to build up their drive. The first odor is birch, then she will move on to anise, and finally clove. [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 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…]
Happy Labor Day 2016 my friends! I imagine a lot of folks will be doing what I’m doing in the photo…snoozing…resting…taking it easy. I did do that Saturday and Sunday, but not today! [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…]
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…]
As you may know from my post about nose work last week, I sent my mom to a mental management seminar with Teah and Chuck Anders, certified trainers. Trust me, it was necessary! Mom learned a lot about mental management in our sports, but also how it really can be applied in everyday life. Saturday was a full day of classroom, and Sunday was a half day of hands on training. [Read more…]
Last weekend was the first NW3 Trial (Nose Work 3) for me and Mom. It didn’t really go as planned for many reasons, but it was a fun time and a great learning experience. We are ready to give it another shot when we can get a spot in another trial! A big congratulations to Bailie and her Purple Team who got their NW1 Title on Saturday. She will be posting about that in a week or two. I’ve got my NW1 & 2 Titles and a couple Element Titles, so what makes the NW3 Trial so special? [Read more…]
Nose work can sometimes mean dirty work. Nose work is a sport which can be done just about anywhere, including using super dirty machinery sitting in mud. For dogs, it only adds to the fun for our noses. [Read more…]