Last week on March 7th, Madison had her very first nose work class! She is excited to get started in the sport that Bailie and I both love, and she gets to use her wonderful hound sniffing talents! She is the exact same age Bailie was when she started, seven months old.
You may recall this photo if you have been blog followers for a long time. It is me and Bailie at our first nose work class on January 9, 2014. Recognize the wall behind us? Yep, Madison is training in the same place with the same awesome instructor we had, Sharon!
Once Mom signed Madison up, she got to order her “nose work uniform”. Being our hot pink girl, she ordered her equipment in that color. Remember, I’m red and Bailie is purple. She got a collar just like the one Bailie has from Dog IDs, a ten foot Biothane line and a comfort flex harness. We order all our tracking and nose work gear from Palomine lines and The K9 Nose. They seem to have the best things at the best prices. Her harness is still a bit big for her, but she will fill it out in the coming months.
***I added the links to the places we get our stuff, but we purchased it all on our own, and just want to help others who may be looking for good places to purchase supplies.***
Madison loves to go places and nose work class is no exception! She was sitting in her seat watching where Mom was headed the entire ride! She couldn’t wait to get to school!
NACSW starts dogs by searching for food in boxes. After the first six classes the first odor will be introduced by pairing the birch with food. The purpose of searching for the box with the food is to build up the dog’s hunt drive and to get them to love the “game”. Each dog did three searches in the first class. The video above is Madison’s second search. She did really well, and sure enjoyed “the game”. In the beginning she is a bit distracted as it is a new place with lots of interesting dog smells, but she finds her way back to searching. We are all excited to see how she progresses through her nose work career!
Speaking of nose work, Bailie got into the Level 1 Container Trial in May, so she will be trying for that title she just missed in Appleton last month, and I will be heading off to Moline this weekend for another NW3 attempt. It’s trial season, and we hope to get into several trials, but the sport is growing so fast, spots are hard to secure these days!