Bailie and I were supposed to be half done with nose work 1 now but they cancelled class last night because of the cold! Boy were we bummed out! We still love the class and we love doing our homework! We are lucky as we have a large unfinished basement, so Mom put a bunch of boxes in one area for us to practice our nose work. I’m not going to go into all the techniques and stuff as I am still a nose work newbie, but I will give you some general information. This has been a really pawsome winter activity for Bailie and I. Nose work works our brains really hard, so we are really tired out after searching a few times. This winter with all the temperatures far below zero, it has been a fun activity for us to do indoors! The course I will be barking about today is a course with two source boxes using puzzles and forts for the hides. Mom has to choose two specific source boxes that always hold the find. Today I am using one simple box and one more tricky box with a lid. For our hide we use 1/2 of a Zukes Mini, so it is really small!
I am in a kennel when Mom places the boxes, so I can’t see what she is doing. She did one easier hide with the open box, but by placing the boxes on the sides, it blocks the flow of odor making it a bit more difficult for me to sniff out.
It sounds real simple, but this is the second level, we started with just open boxes and one hide. Each week we add to the mix and will eventually move on to scents. I have strapped on my Sony Action Cam so you can ride along with me as I do my nose work. Mom took a video as well, so we combined our films to make the video on this post. It may not be the most thrilling and we cut out some of the search time, but you can get a quick idea of how the search goes. I just love it and would like to work on my homework 24/7 but Mom says that would be a bit much!
My posts are just to give you an idea of what I am up to with Nose Work. If you really want to get into it with your human, you should take a class so you learn the proper techniques. Bailie and I take our classes through Active Dog Sports Training here in the Twin Cities.