Our motivational training in nose work seems to be paying off. Both Bailie and I are good at nose work, but lately, we have been lacking enthusiasm. Both of us go to our regular class, and Mom has taken us each to some private lessons to work on our motivation.
To build our drive, we have both gone back to the basics and are actually training just like Madison trains when we are at home. Simple, paired hides to get us hunting fast. We still work on more difficult searches with our friends and at class. The other piece is to have Mom give us energy. In a trial, everyone is silent and still, a library type of environment. Many dogs are so hyped up to work, they need that to calm down, but for us, we need Mom to really get us all riled up!
Remember Bailie’s search in the hockey box in May? She practically fell asleep she was so slow and disinterested. Two weeks ago, Bailie was in an NW2 trial here locally. She did awesome with the new technique! Sadly, she along with many dogs missed one interior hide and thus no title, but Mom says she worked her furry behind off!
This video is her first search of the day. Check out that energy! She has never charged into a search area like that ever! She found both hides in 1:15:44 which was the 11th fastest dog out of 38, not bad! Compare that to the simple search in the hockey box and it is like a whole different dog!
Mom is sad they missed the title, but is thrilled at how motivated Bailie was. We’ll share more still photos from the trial next week. I have a trial in three weeks. We will see how the training has helped me out.