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!
Linda Tufvesson says
So much fun! She had it figured out that Sharron was the treat dispenser so it was fun to watch how Sharron was able to disguise which box it was in. Good job Madison,
Sharon is awesome at those fake throws. All three of us fall for it every time!
Oh that’s so interesting to read. the mama hopes we will find a nose work group here too, I’m a super sniffer and patient enough for nose work. the mama will join field trial and ring classes with me, but maybe the club offers nose work lessons too… and then I will get such a fabulous noseworker outfit like you… I totally love your comfy harness.
You might now want the pink, though, because you are a boy, but you would love nose work. Find the hide, get food…what’s not to like?
The Daily Pip says
Very nice that she is continuing the family tradition with nose work. Her tail sure was wagging in that video!
She was having a lot of fun.
Ellen Shedlarz says
She looked like she really was having fun.
She loves it and cried when other dogs got their turn because she wanted to keep going.
Two French Bulldogs says
Good job Madison. I wonder if they have those classes around here. Sounds fun
Lily & Edward
It originated in CA, so I’m sure they have classes near you guys!
I think Madison will have a super fun time and she can get some pointers from Bailie!
She has been coming to class and watching us since we first got her, so she is ready to venture out and do it herself!
She is going to be awesome!!
We think so too!
Dolly the Doxie says
Good job Madison its so fun to see you following in your sister’s pawsteps. I suppose having the same instructor that Bailie had is just like in school when you have the same teacher your older brother had, and they were a big troublemaker. Love Dolly
Yeah, Bailie still can be a troublemaker. It makes it easier for Madison to be the perfect student!
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Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
How exciting, wow she is 7 months already, growing up fast.
In no time the puppy is a full sized hound!
Frankie and Ernie says
Madison you have taken BEING NOSEY to a whole new level. WAY TO GO… or Sniff.
We are a real nosey family!
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Go Madison with your Doodle*tastic nose working self!!!!
She has a super nose that is super hard working too!
Jan K says
That wagging tail sure shows how much fun Madison is having! I have a feeling she will be just as successful at nose work as her sisters.
Hopefully if interest in the sport is growing, eventually that means there will be more trials in more places?
Here are some fun stats that came out recently, but demand is still outgrowing trial spots. It is not easy to put on a trial, which makes having more difficult. Total Trials and events
2009: 4 events 7 trials
2010: 4 events, 6 trials
2011: 21 events, 43 trials
2012: 37 events, 80 trials
2013: 61 events, 142 trials
2014: 93 events, 235 trials
2015: 121 events, 311 trials
2016: 140 events, 368 trials
Jan K says
Wow, you weren’t kidding when you said it was a growing sport! That is so great!
Karen Meldrum says
Whoo Hoo, nosey girl!
She is a girl with a nose!
Kinley Westie says
Looks like fun!
Momma is thinkin about gettin me into agility, since I seem to be a natural jumper and bit of a hyperbutt – da runnin round might be good for me.
Bailie and Madison are both in agility. We will be posting about that on Thursday. It’s lots of fun, and starting young is awesome as you don’t have the fears older dogs have!
How fun! I’m glad that it’s growing. Barley and I never went to a trial because they were all just too far away from us, but we love pulling out our scent kit when it’s too cold to play outside for long 🙂
You should have another look at trial locations as the sport is expanding so much! Such a fun thing to do with your dog!
Miss Harper Lee says
Madison is the cutest little student. And you can tell from that wagging tail that she was having a great time. She looks like a natural. Your mom may have to clone herself to keep up with the three of you!
We do keep her really busy with all our activities but we all enjoy them so much.
Go Madison!! What a wonderful family activity to share!!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
We are all nose work lovers I guess!
Wow! What FUN!!!! It’s interesting how different the training technique is than the one that we were taught. I guess that there’s more than one way that works! I wish that we had trials near us. The nearest one so far has been 330 miles away. Since I don’t even know if Shyla will be able to function at a trial, we need a close one for a first try… if that ever happens.
Have fun, Madison!
The NACSW requires training this way, but some others like Fenzi have a different technique. Before you can trial in NACSW, you need to pass an ORT which is a good test to see how your dog will do in a new environment that is a bit like a trial. Colorado has a lot of trials, I’m surprised there isn’t one closer. I would check the schedule as there are so many more trials than there used to be.
M. K. Clinton says
You are going to end up with a trio of champions! It looks as if Madison is loving it already. ♥
She is the champion of fun. So far she seems to love everything she does which is nice and she will do well at nose work we think.
Jodi Stone says
You can tell she really enjoys that ‘game.’ I love to see a happy dog doing something they love.
She is going to be real good at nose work we think.
2 Brown Dawgs says
I think Madison will be good at nose work.
She enjoys it and has done well at her first two classes.