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.
One thing we find important if you have a pet is being able to read your pet. Knowing what your dog, in my case, is up to can be so important in every day life and in sports. I’m not a fan of container searches with boxes which is why Mom has worked really hard the last months to read me better so she knows if I am goofing around or if I mean I found the odor. In the above photo, one photo is me trying to trick Mom, the other is my alert. Both were taken on the same search. Can you tell which one is the real alert? Read on to find out.
These photos have been purchased from the Trial Photographer Caprise Adams. They are all from my fourth container search of the day. An Elements Specialty Trial has four searches of the same element.
It was rather cool and windy out, and things were still wet from the rain earlier in the day. I love how my ears are flying around. My ears look a bit like Farah Fawcett hair!
I don’t mind doing a search or two of boxes, but by the third or fourth search, I’m getting bored and start to goof around. I’m sniffing up this box for no reason, but Mom knows I’m not on odor by the way I’m not “on it” like I would be with odor.
Next I did a Bailie. I decided to quit searching and check out the area a bit. This is something I rarely ever do during a search, but I was really tired of sniffing boxes.
I got back to work when Mom told me to, and bang, Alert! This is the box. I found it, I get the title. See how I look serious, and my body is rather stiff looking?
Now look at the other false alert photo. See how I seem more soft and playful? It would be easier to see in video, but Mom knew I wasn’t on odor so she refused to listen to me on the second box of the search. A few months ago she may have called it and cost us the title. She is getting better at reading me all the time.
I passed all four of my searches and got my Level 1 Container Title. Mom and I were thrilled. We only needed to pass three searches since we passed three and got a leg back in May, but we really wanted to earn it by passing all four at once. For now we are back in classes and looking forward to more trials and titles starting in the spring of 2016.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Emma, you can be a goof ball! Congratulations to your mom for reading you correctly, silly girl! XOXO Sparkle the PBGV
I know, I just don’t like boring boxes.
It was sure fun to see you having so much fun getting your title!
The last search was super fun since I already had the title, no pressure, all fun.
Reilly & Denny says
that was some excellent sniffing you did 🙂
Thank you. My nose got a real workout that weekend.
SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy) says
You go Emma. Your mom is really good at reading you isn’t she.
It took a long time, but now she is pretty good at it!
Ellen Shedlarz says
Emma- I certainly understand why you get bored and become a goof ball but so proud of you when you need to be serious you can. Congratulations.
Mom is glad I tend to know when to be serious too! It also helps that she knows my tricks these days.
Great job. You just needed that little break to back on track.
Just letting a bit of fresh air cleanse my nose before continuing my sniffing.
We loved learning about when you were on scent or just taking a goofing around break, Emma! We also just adore that last picture of you and your Mama….the looks of love and happiness are priceless!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
Thank you! We were really happy and excited. We make a great team!
Diane Silver (@ToDogWithLove) says
Congrats Emma! I guessed right, too! Even from the photo, you looked just a little extra alert when you found the odor.
It’s hard to tell for most people, but if you are good at reading dogs, it’s pretty evident with my stance and look.
Karen Meldrum says
You are doing a great Job of training your human, Joy, Emma! LOVE the final photo – you both deserve it!
Mom and I were thrilled to get that title after missing it with one of my “fake” alerts in May!
Earl Lover says
Go Emma! You do so well in your Nosework!
I love doing it, and I have gotten pretty good at it. The next level is very hard, so we will see how that goes.
Great Post Emma!! Love your alert stance and I giggled when you were looking the other way and not paying attention. Good work! your doodle friend Dash
Bailie forgets to pay attention all the time, but that is not normal for me. Four box searches was a bit much for me, but I did it. From now on, the container searches will rarely be all boxes, they will use other containers or a mix with boxes, both of which I find much more fun.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
That was excellent! great job!
Thank you. I’m glad to have that title done with. It was soooo boring!
M. K. Clinton says
That last photo is my absolute favorite. You are both soooo proud and happy! ☺ Now, about the Farrah Fawcett look…can I get a post for my bedroom wall? Hubba~hubba! ♥ ♥ ♥ Love, Bentley
LOL! That would be a funny poster! You are right, too. Mom and I were so very happy when we finished. We love being a team, especially when we succeed.
My Golden Life says
Great job Emma, and Mom!! I love that you played around a bit to test your Mom and get a little break! I can well imagine that all those boxes must be boring after a while.
I’ve learned to read Ducky pretty well, but not for the same reason your Mom reads you and Bailie. With Ducky’s resource guarding issue – usually aimed at any toy in Shadow’s possession – I’ve learned to “read” her to avert any possible “argument” over a toy or ball. Since they eat separately, I don’t have to worry about food; but treats are given in opposite corners of the kitchen.
Mom reads us all the time in everyday life for different reasons too. It is fun to get to really know your dog, she says.
My Golden Life says
Yes it is!
Barbara Rivers says
Congratulations on your Level 1 Container Title! Nicely done, pretty girl! I had a feeling the photo on the left was the one of you alerting your mom, because you seemed to be looking right up at her, unlike in the photo on the right.
It is the subtle differences she has had to learn to read me. But she is doing pretty well at it.
Jan K says
Congratulations on this one, Emma! You really challenged your Mom, I think, but she has sure worked hard to get better. I have to try to read the dogs when they’re playing sometimes too, to be on watch for when it might get out of control. It is really tough sometimes, to tell between what’s playing and what might be someone really getting mad…so I think I understand some of what your Mom has gone through. Great job!
Mom has to watch me all the time to see if I’m going to go after other dogs or not, or if Bailie is pestering me too much and I am going to get her, but she is pretty good at it.
De Hufford says
Way to go, Emma and Mom!
Thank you. I’m thrilled to have half of my level 1 element titles now. Hopefully I can get a spot and finish the other two next year.
2 Brown Dawgs says
Congratulations on your title! I guessed which picture was the alert.:) But it was hard. I am glad brown dawgs are really expressive when they are on birds. All we have to do is watch their tails which go up and kind of quiver/wag. It has saved hubby many a time while out hunting because he knew to expect a flush or a retrieve.
On most searches I’m easy to read, but on only boxes and the fourth search, I was bored with it.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
WOW!!!! I have been so busy lately… just playing catch up now, and HUGE congrats to you!! Can’t believe I missed this! Well done!
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
No worries, it is a busy time for everyone right now!