Last week Madison completed her first session of nose work classes! She is following in the paw prints of us big sisters and loves the sport!
I posted about how Madison liked her very first nose work class back in March. Believe me, she has come a long way in just six classes. Some of the differences are:
- She is growing into her harness and collar
- When searching, she stays on task almost all the time
- Her speed has picked up as well as her tail wagging speed
- Hides have switched from being treats in a box to treats on a tin
- She is learning to follow odor better
The video above is from her search in the last class of the session. Tins were hidden in the tents for her to find. We find it amazing how fearless and fast she searches for a young puppy. Normally, a dog searches with the handler, but this was a test to see if the dog would search independently. Madison passed as she never even bothered to check on where Mom was at. That tail of hers should be classified as a weapon too as it is really going! Mom hopes Madison keeps up with the speed.
What’s next? Session two starts in May and birch will be introduced. Initially the odor is paired with treats, then the treats disappear, and the dogs search for odor only. Mom can’t wait, Madison says she is ready as long as she still gets treats for finding birch.