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.
I found one of the elevated ones! Yay!
Bailie found her first one right away. She went at it from the other side of the box from where I got it.
She also found the second elevated one pretty fast.
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!
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
Of course you had to get Purple– for the Vikings, I bet.
Looks like your team is getting really good at their nose work drills.
Bailie was purple girl in her litter of fourteen, but the Vikes are purple…would hate to attach that loser stigma to my sister, though! I prefer to dwell on my racing red color.
Molly The Wally says
We are going to try some nose work today for a bit of fun and there is nowhere to walk on our park as it now so muddy so we have only an hour out. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly
We won’t have muddy for at least a month here. We don’t like spring because it is always such a mess with all the melting snow.
Dolly the Doxie says
So cool you girls look great! Really enjoying learning about your nose work! Love Dolly
Remember, performance is only half of it, the other half is how you look 😉 That is what Mom tells us anyway.
You both look great. But what is really great is your nose course. I heard that nose work is a lot of fun, but Mom says we are already to nosy. – Lulu and Sofie
It is so awesome! We can’t get enough of it and Mom really enjoys seeing what we can do too. We are scent hounds, so we better be good at it.
what nice and cute uniforms , you look so cute on them 🙂
I feel pretty stylish in mine and we were the only ones that actually went out and got them for class last night. The other dogs aren’t taking things as seriously I guess.
Ellen Shedlarz says
Best part of nose work us that you got to spend alone time with Mom. That is really special!
We have to work one on one with her or we would most likely fight over finding the hides. It is good bonding time and learning to work together time.
Roxy the Traveling Dog says
You guys look fantastic! Great job and I can’t wait to hear more about it all.
I think next week we start to learn a bit about odor and not just treats, so that will be something new and exciting.
Will and Eko says
You have the tools and the talent! You will be ready to open a detective agency in no time.
Sniffin’ out the riff raff in the Twin Cities…GBGV PI. I may need to get myself a hat with that on it 😉
Dogs N Pawz says
Those harnesses look great on you girls! You wear them well! That nose work stuff looks interesting and you two look like you are really good at it already! Can’t wait to hear more about it.
The only problem is we don’t like to stop and let others have a turn, but Mom says we will get the hang of that soon.
Panda the Boston says
You are a beautiful model, Emma, and you and Bailie look stunning in your new wardrobes. Keep up the great work. XOXO Panda the Boston
Maybe your new little sister will take some Nose Work classes. She will have the nose for it for sure!
The two of you look quite spiffy in your uniforms! Our uniforms are bandannas. When the bandannas come out we know we’re going to work! I’m enjoying learning all about your nose classes.
It is good to have a uniform so you know what is work and what is play. Now we are working on Mom learning to properly use the harness and commands.
Nailah Bone says
You guys look great in your new harnesses! 🙂 I know they’re for work but I wouldn’t have been able to resist getting Niles pink one!
My sister Katie is the one that usually wears pink around here and she isn’t participating, so we are happy with our colors but every pet has colors they love and/or look good in.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
You guys just look so beautiful in your new harnesses! Can’t wait to see the matching leashes to!
I love your course that you put together also! That’s a good idea to even do things like that on really rainy days and whatnot where our dogs don’t get to much outdoor time.
Frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky
Thank you. We got an email saying they already shipped so we hope they show up in a few days. We are only four weeks in but next year we hope to try competition in Nose Work.
Talent Hounds says
You both look soo cute in your new harnesses! You can still look adorable while working! Hope you enjoyed playing hide and seek!
It’s not how you play, it is how you look you know 😉 We will keep searching for the hides, we just love it!
Every time I see you practicing your nose work I want to go set up boxes and have Leroy and Sherman give it a try!
Love the new harnesses!
Thank you! I bet they would love it. Even though it isn’t a real “work out” sport, it is exhausting because our nose and brains are working really hard. Good activity to tire a dog out.
Brian Frum says
Y’all really do look mighty fancy in those!
Thanks, we like them!
M. K. Clinton says
You both look so impressive in uniforms. I love the colors Mom chose. She is right Emma, you are ravishing in red!
Black, white, tan, and red are my colors. Red stands out nicely
Looking good! Nobody knows nose work like Emma and Bailie!
You nose what you are barking about!
It’s PURPLE, Love it!!! Right now, Sugar is using her mind: treat or trick and which treat??? Have to create a similar game for Sugar. Nose games are PAWsome. Happy FitDogFriday. Golden Woofs.
We are really into it and pick up on our new lessons fast.
Küster wore one of those when he was little, but now he has a heavy duty, official SAR harness. Dad’s thinking about getting him one like Flattery and I have, though, because they’re pretty fantastic for working in. I think you and Bailie both look pretty good in your harnesses. Nose work is quite a bit of fun!
It seems like every dog sport/activity uses a different type of harness. This is the kind the instructor recommended for Nose Work. We will need another kind for tracking, and we have our seat belt harnesses. We have a closet full of collars, now we are starting a harness collection as well! As long as we are fashionable, right, Bunny?
Super awesome! Every time we go to the pet store we start looking at harnesses too! Someday soon we’ll be starting nose work with a great trainer. Maybe Kayo will get a matching harness! ;0)
Are you going to do it for fun or do you want to compete? Bailie and I want to start competing next year. When we are at the world Nose Work Olympics, maybe we can meet up, LOL!
Emma and Bailie- Good for you, on your Nose Work success. I tried a class and it was not for me. I just wanted to visit with the people.I knew where the smelly stuff was…I just didn’t care!
I guess that is why you don’t see Airedales working at the airport! Good thing we are cute 😀
I like your colorful harnesses,
There are sports for everyone. We thought about agility, but that is hard on the dog body and with our long backs Mom thought we should use our noses since we were born to be scent hounds. We aren’t big on obedience stuff either, so this is perfect!
How fun! Love your new harnesses, great colors! 🙂 I bet you’re loving having the difficulty level of your nose work kicked up a notch.
Every week we get new tasks added in and soon odor will be introduced which will really change it all up. It is so much fun!
Go team red! Keep that pup in her place, Emma!
Red is a much more dominant color than purple, so I figure it suits me! I am much more methodical already, Bailie is more in a young pup rush and needs to slow down.
Sue at Talking Dogs says
Love the uniforms! Pretty soon you’ll need a badge or something, won’t you?
The way the world is these days, we will probably need security clearance badges to search soon!
Jan K says
Yay, Emma, that is so great that you are both doing well enough at your nose work that you are now getting the uniforms for it too. You both look great in your new harnesses, I like the colors you chose!
Thanks! We are really serious about sniffing, hope we continue to love it and do well so we can do competition next year.
Maria Sadowski says
You two look great in your harnesses! I bet sniffing for treats is fun! =)
The only hard part is waiting for my turn and then it is over so fast I don’t want to go and wait again.
You guys did great and I love the new uniforms!
Thanks. We are starting to learn that the uniforms mean nose work and we love that!
Diane Silver (@ToDogWithLove) says
You guys are doing great! Love the harnesses too. We’ve been looking for a good one for Rocco.
Diane and Rocco
Thanks. We are so excited to add something new every week. It is really a great sport for us.
You two look very smart!!
We try our best!
I love the colors you chose for the harnesses! Delilah is a purple dog herself. 🙂 I’ve yet to get one for Sampson, he is so barrel chested I really want to try them on.
Thanks, I guess we are pretty much set as red and purple girls. We have to try these things on too because we have a normal dog body kind of but are so long, lots of things don’t fit us.