Nose Work Vehicle Searches are a lot of fun as there are so many variables, location, weather, and types of vehicles. We got Bailie’s photos and videos back from her trials in Olin, IA last weekend and I wanted to share them with you.
It appears, Bailie is following my paw prints in Nose Work. I too failed my first NW1 attempt on the last search, and my first title was the L1V.
Just eleven months after my Vehicle Title, Bailie got hers. One fun thing about being a rare breed is we get to do a lot of firsts! We are the first two GBGV’s to get L1V Titles in nose work. No one can ever take that away from us!
Let’s have a look at Bailie’s weekend with vehicles. This was her first steps into the horse arena. What do you think was on her mind? Nose Work? Probably not. Any dog who doesn’t live on a farm or search regularly on a farm was immediately distracted by all the smells in the horse arena and the wonderful, smelly dirt floor!
The start line is usually between two cones, time starts when the dog’s nose crosses the line. Each search has a time limit, so this is important. You can hang back a bit and take in the search area, see if your dog senses odor already, Mom likes to coach us a bit, and then get going. From this photo, it appears Bailie is actually paying attention to what Mom is saying. This is also a prime opportunity for a good butt shot of handler and dog!
Mom walks us right up to the vehicle so we know that is what is to be searched and we need to go around each vehicle to find the odor unless we catch it in the air and want to head directly to it. You can see Bailie is onto it.
And, Bailie gives her alert signal correctly.
Mom has learned Bailie is all about the fun. She doesn’t have a serious work ethic like I do with Nose Work. Mom now behaves like a fool quite often to keep Bailie in the game. This was a classic shot of the behavior, the jump. It is working with Bailie, so Mom will continue to do that. This was an alert from her NW1 search on Saturday which is also in the video below.
Speaking of video, we only purchased videos from the first day of the trials. The above video was Bailie’s NW1 Vehicle search, her first search on the farm and she did awesome. Note the time at the start line, how Mom takes Bailie right up to the car, and keeps her next to the car. Bailie found the hide in just 37 seconds which was the 7th fastest time out of 45 dogs!
Here is Bailie in her third vehicle search for her Level 1 Vehicle title at the start line once again. This time we get the facial view which is nicer to look at. Bailie appears to be paying attention too! Amazing!
Bailie started at the front of the vehicle and made her way down the side, not really interested in the side at all.
Whoa, Bailie is sensing some odor around the corner! Now she is getting interested in the game.
Yep, here it is! It is in the hitch on the back of this vehicle. Bailie alerts correctly.
This little search earned Bailie the fastest time! Out of all 30 dogs she found the hide about 3 seconds faster than the second place dog with a time of 0:13.50. Way to go Bailie! She did awesome all weekend, and I think she is finally on her way to becoming a pretty decent Nose Work dog. Nose Work vehicle searches can be tricky depending on the type of vehicle, where they are placed, and if they are outdoors, the weather conditions. Bailie seems to have it down for now at least.
We have some exciting trials coming up! It will be a fun summer and fall too!
- May 7th – Bailie will try for her NW1
- My 8th – I will try an NW3 for the first time
- June 4th – I’m in a L1I, I already have a leg in interiors and hope to finish that title
- June 5th – I’ll be trying my nose in a L2C trial
Jan K says
Wow, how challenging to hold the trials in a horse arena! Your Mom and Bailie were definitely up to the challenge though. I love how your Mom jumps up and down for Bailie! It just shows how well she knows her dogs and works with each of you in different ways. No wonder you are all so successful!
I would be so embarrassed if Mom did that with me. Bailie loves it and it works well for their team, though.
Congrats… that’s pawsome to have the 7th fastest nose :o) it was great to see how happy your mom was after the YES! is it your choice what car you sniff first or have you to start with the one in the middle?
We can do what we want. At the start line, Mom tries to see if we are catching any odor, but if not, then she will choose any vehicle to start on and we go along. At any hint of odor in us dogs, she will go with us since it is our noses doing the work.
Sparkle the PBGV says
French scent hounds indeed! Just a pawsome video of Bailie the scent with her mom jumping with joy. 🙂 You girls have a busy schedule ahead of you. XOXO Sparkle
We have a lot of opportunities coming up and hopefully we will do well, but no matter what, I know we will have fun.
Ellen Shedlarz says
Way to go Bailie. We are so proud of you!
We are all still amazed at how well she did in those conditions.
Two French Bulldogs says
Good job. Wish we had a big nose to sniff better. Not that you have a big nose or anything
Lily & Edward
I do have a big nose and big ears, but I love them!
Ruth and Layla says
Wow Baillie you so smart
If she applies herself she is awesome. She and Mom are finally learning to work together and to get Bailie to really work.
We just love watching you and Bailie do your nose work because it always looks like both you two and your Mama are having so much fun with it!!
Dory. Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
Sometimes I think Mom has more fun than we do, but I know that isn’t the case. We all love it for different reasons I think.
Good job Bailie and the fastest time too! You and Emma are doing great at nose work. Looks like there are a lot of fun searches for all of you this spring.
We seem to be improving. Hopefully our next trials will go well, but every one is different and no one knows until we do them how we will do for sure.
oh that Bailie is a cutie Emma! She looks like a puppy in so many ways! What a great post. So interesting!
Bailie is still a true puppy at 2 years and 10 months. Most people think she is around a year old. That’s alright, she is just enjoying life.
Whitley Westie says
Way to go!
Bailie did so much better than we expected! We are all happy!
Bailie did a great job! It is so nice to see how proud you are of your little sister!
We never thought she would actually work in that environment, but she was up to the challenge and did a great job!
Bailie, you are totally amazing sweet girl and we enjoyed watching you!
She is a very sweet girl who happens to love fun a bit too much at times but she buckled down and did some great searching.
2 Brown Dawgs says
Congratulations. Bailie did awesome.
Bailie really did her best work ever. We were all surprised she actually applied herself in that environment.
Dolly the Doxie says
I am totally impressed that you can find the smells on vehicles that are full of other smells not to mention the entire place! I love that your mom is accepting Bailie’s work ethic and going with it! Love Dolly
I’m just glad she doesn’t have to behave like a fool to work with me! You too could learn to work through all the different challenges. It just takes practice and it is so much fun.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Way to go on the nose work you guys!
Thank you. We just keep sniffin’ along!
Great job Bailie!! Nice jump Joy! There’s a moment when you first go to the van Bailie looks pretty hard to the right, wonder if she got a hint of something then because she was so fast once she got over to that car?! Is the scent solely in one spot, do they ever put a drop or two in the general area as a clue?
Soooo with all this nosework is Bailie better behaved at home, or still same behavior when mom is gone?
The oil is always on a Q-Tip in some type of container and only in one spot. We don’t need clues as we can smell it. Bailie does often fly by things and have to come back because of her speed. She has been pretty good at home lately. Nothing ruined recently.
What a great job Bailie did and Kudos to mom for not wearing a low cut shirt. 🙂 I could imagine your commentary then. LOL
LOL! You got us laughing this morning!
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Congratulations! What an awesome job. From the looks of your schedules this summer – you’ll be quite busy. Keep us posted.
We are super busy with training and trials plus other blog related things. Crazy times ahead!
Nose Work seems like fun. Every night, Mom locks me in the bathroom and hides my Dental Chew cookie. Then she lets me out and says the word, “Find it.” That is MY version of nose work. All I win is the cookie!
Love and licks,
That is kind of how formal nose work training starts. We learned to find treats hidden in boxes, then the treats were paired with odor, and eventually we just search for odor. We absolutely love it, and it makes us really tired out!