Mom has told me that we are committing to Nose Work for the long haul, so when our teacher said we should be wearing a harness for Nose Work, Mom said we better get harnesses. I offered to drive Mom to PetsMart the next day to buy two and I would also do the modeling to make sure we got the right size. Bailie’s may be a bit big right now, but she will quickly grow into it, so if it fits me we are good. It was fun going on an outing all alone with Mom. We all get alone time but it is always special.
Wow, that store has like a bizillion harnesses to choose from! Luckily we were told to get a Kong one that had the handle on the back. Mom looked them up online first so we would have a clue as to what we were searching for. The one we were searching for is the Kong Harness with Traffic Handle. Talk about a silly name! Of course, Bailie and I each need our own. I don’t want to get stuck wearing her smelly, sweaty harness, so we had to pick out different colors. Mom always says I look great in red, so I got a red one, and since Bailie was purple girl, we got her purple. We wanted colors that were kind of girl like but not too girly like pink because we are using them for work, not a fashion show.
When we got home Mom asked us try them on and model them for the camera. We both love to have our photo taken, so we were all over that opportunity. Last night at class we found out about Nose Work leashes. We got home and ordered those to match our harnesses. Hopefully they will arrive in time for class next week.
Now to get to work in our home Nose Work course and see how the harnesses work. Week one we just learned about finding treats in a source box on the floor, week two, the teacher introduced multiple sources with treats, but week three really changed it up! Now we have containers other than boxes and the hides can also be as high as nose level! Now our noses are really starting to work! You humans may not know it, but finding a treat in plastic smells different than one in a box or in a fabric container.
Mom placed different hides for each of our turns, some were elevated, some in a fort, or in a basket or in a covered box. We really had to sniff around, but finding the elevated ones was a new challenge.
The harnesses seem to be working out fine and don’t bother either of us. The reason for wearing these “uniforms” is so if we pull, it is not straining our neck, and the handle is practical for holding us back. Sometimes we do off leash sniffing, so with the handle Mom can easily grab us if she needs to. Now it is official, we are wearing uniforms and the game is on – red vs. purple!
I’m joining Fitdog Friday, the blog hop sponsored by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love! Had I not been reading other blogs, Mom would never have known about Nose Work, so stop by some other blogs and see what those pups are up to. You may find a new activity that suits you!