Nose work can sometimes mean dirty work. Nose work is a sport which can be done just about anywhere, including using super dirty machinery sitting in mud. For dogs, it only adds to the fun for our noses.
The main reason Mom took us to sniff in the dirt and mud is our trial this coming weekend on a farm in Iowa, I’d say we are guaranteed some dirt, distracting smells, and most likely some machinery searches. Bailie is going for her Nose Work 1 Title on Saturday, her Level 1 Vehicle Element Title Sunday, and I’ll try for my Level 2 Vehicle Title Sunday. What a better way to work on sniffing vehicles on a farm than sniffing several dirty, muddy pieces of machinery in practice?
I started out the search on one of the really messy tracks of the bulldozer.
The mud was not an issue for me as I found the hide right away.
Bailie was also right on her game with the bulldozer.
She also is working on her alert signal, which is improving.
Another reason to work on odd vehicles like these is to keep us from being fearful of big pieces of machinery. You may recall we went to a John Deere store to sniff last year for the same reason.
The third reason for practicing our nose work is to work on some of our skills. Many hides are out of our reach unless we get up on our back two paws. I really don’t like to do that and prefer to point at the hide with my nose, but Mom wants us to work on actually jumping up. The hide above the bucket on this machine was a good place to make me jump. In a trial my pointing nose might suffice for a “yes” from the judge, but Mom doesn’t want me to get lazy.
In practice she often demands that we get our noses right up to the hide if it is possible. I did well jumping up to get my nose right on the source.
Bailie is better about jumping up to investigate the source of the odor. I think part of that is her personality, and also she is much younger than I am.
With nose work, I work really hard and do my very best, but Bailie likes to cheat, or be real lax. Forcing her to actually jump up and get her nose to the source is really important to stop her from getting away with too much laziness.
And…up she goes! She did a really good job not being distracted and getting her nose to source. Now all she has to do is apply herself at the trials this weekend! We are pretty excited and sure hope we can bring home some titles!