Last weekend, Madison tried her nose at three odor recognition tests (ORT). This was her first real experience with nose work in a pass/fail situation. Mom wasn’t sure how it would go, Madison wasn’t worried at all. She always listens to Bailie who is not really a good influence and had her share of nose work failures. I tried my best to steer Madison in the right direction, but I can only do so much! [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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?
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…]
I got my Level 1 Container Title in K9 Nose Work on Halloween, the day before I got my NW2 Title. Halloween was an Elements Specialty Trial for interiors and containers at Buckhill. I didn’t get a spot for interiors, I was like number thirty something on the wait list, but I did get into containers. You may remember back in May I tried for my container element title, but missed one of four searches. [Read more…]
Distractions and distractors are a big part of nose work. You may remember I received my NW1 Title in nose work back in July which means I’m now working towards my NW2 Title. There are several differences with NW2, but a few on them which I have been really working on have to do with container searches. In NW1, containers are boxes with one containing a birch odor. In NW2, containers can be boxes, luggage, cans, bins, any container which holds odor, there can be more than one container with odor (they will tell you how many hides there are, though), the odor can be birch, anise, or a combination of the two, and there can be distractors in some containers. [Read more…]