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.
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