My sisters and I enjoyed some fun times sniffing around town on the Memorial Day long weekend! Mom likes to get us out to different places and long weekends are the perfect opportunity. One place we went sniffing with several friends was the State Fairgrounds DNR area.
There are so many fun areas to search at the DNR. This photo was me finding a hide that was elevated and out of my reach. You can see the smiley tin in the back left on the wall. I followed my nose and popped up to find it.
Bailie was working hard looking for hides in the picnic area. One clue she is on odor is when her tongue comes out and she licks her chops! The tin is right in the opening in front of her. It’s good for us to learn to walk in new areas. We learn to focus on our job, not on all the new smells and distractions. One never knows where trials will be, and this helps us to prepare.
Even Madison, who just started on odor this month, got to get out of the car and find a couple simple paired hides. She has a great work ethic and had no trouble doing her first exterior search. Now she is officially part of the sniffing family!
Holiday mornings are also a great time to find parked construction equipment to practice vehicle hides on. We went out not far from our house to search a BobCat, some other big vehicle, and a dumpster. Think of all the smells on these items! I worked the dumpster first.
Mom had me start into the wind, so I followed the odor up the side of the dumpster to the source. Got my nose right on that odor tin!
Bailie searched a BobCat. With all the dirt and stuff on the machinery it is loaded with interesting smells, but we work through it all. Odor is the only thing that “pays” so we search it out. Bailie is almost on the source in this photo.
I was up next searching a hide that once again, was higher up. Walking into the wind, the odor hit me in the nose on the other side of where it was actually located. The wind took the scent down and under right to me.
My nose told me to go around to get on the actual source. It is always best to get your nose right on the odor if you can. If it is inaccessible, we need to get as close as possible.
That was our nose work fun on the weekend. Bailie has a trial coming up in ten days, and I most likely have one in July, so we need to stay on top of our game to have fun and bring home some more titles! Because you have to be at least a year old to compete, the soonest Madison can even try to enter a trial is in the fall. First she has to pass her odor recognition test which she hopes to take in August.