Sunday morning we were up at 5am, out running at 5:30am and on the road to a sniffing field trip at a John Deere dealer at 7:30am. So much for sleeping in, but we knew we would have tons of fun doing nose work! Look at all the big machines and stuff to sniff!
Sniffing field trips are good as they get us to new places to sniff. You never know where Nose Work Trials will be held, so it is best to practice in a variety of environments with lots of different places to hide odor.
Not only is it a big piece of equipment, but it has its own interesting smells and lots of cavities, crevices, and holes where odor can travel. Here I had actually sniffed the hide, but gone on past it. Most of the dogs did the same thing. It most likely had to do with the position of the hide and the air current.
The second search was on a really weird piece of equipment. It was up high for a short dog like myself and tucked a bit inside the opening there as you can see in the second photo with the arrow. I managed to find it pretty quickly.
Another reason to practice in a place with huge John Deere tractors and machinery is to teach us not to be afraid of things. I wasn’t scared, but some dogs are afraid of such giant machinery. This piece of equipment held the hide for my fourth search.
We don’t need to really walk under big equipment, but nose work dogs need to learn to put their head under and into places which a lot of dogs don’t feel comfortable doing. It becomes more necessary the more advanced you get in nose work.
When all else fails, just sit down and look at it until your human can figure out what you are telling her. The field trip leader, who coincidentally was dressed to match Mom, was on the side with the hide and knew I had it. For some reason, I enjoy finding the most difficult path to a hide. A reasonable dog would find it from the side, but not me. I wanted to be underneath the machine.
That concluded a really fun sniffing field trip to the John Deere dealer. We were done by 10am, and it was starting to get hot out. Bailie and I were wiped out from the mental workout of it all and the heat. We got home and crashed out for most of the day! We didn’t get any photos of Bailie searching, but she has been on the blog a lot lately, so she was alright with just doing her work without photos.
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