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.
oh I applauded like crazy while watching the video… congrats!!! that was not easy, that’s a school with 87 or more bipeds and efurry biped smells different and they left so much traces and scents there… how great that you found the hides so fast! and to be n°11 out of 38 pups is sure fabulous!!!
Mom was really proud of that search. Bailie did great!
Two French Bulldogs says
We would love to see you in action. That sniffer is something else
Lily & Edward
Bailie is really getting motivate and crazy!
Miss Harper Lee says
Loved watching the video of Bailie at work! Sometimes we all need to go back to the basics to sharpen our skills. Good luck with your upcoming trial, Emma!
Thank you. Bailie is fun to watch.
Jan K says
What a great finish for Bailie! It’s good to see her obviously more excited and enjoying herself. It’s too bad she missed the title, but I’m glad the work your Mom has been doing with both of you is paying off. Can’t wait to see how you do too, Emma!
We are happy it is a local trial this time so if things don’t go well, we don’t have the expense and long drive, but hopefully I will shine.
Bailie is amazing and the titles will come, we know it!
Mom has always known she is talented, but finding the right way to handle her is the challenge.
What a happy sniffer Bailie is!! Good luck on your upcoming trials Emma!!
Arty & Jakey
We all love to sniff! Thanks for the good luck wishes.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
Glad you all found ways to get motivated. Continue with the great energy.
Bailie seems to really be picking up on the motivation. I’m not as crazy, but I’m doing more too.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Ap-paws, ap-paws! Great job. Sorry you missed the title, but that was a great show!
Mom was just thrilled Bailie was working once again. The title would have been great, but hitting the other goal is also important!
Wow, that was pawesome!!!!!! Bailee is like a different dog. She looked so happy and excited. That’s what matters, more than titles or ribbons, imho! What is the “paired hide” technique?
We had a talk with one of our trainers, and both she and I are reaching the same conclusion – for now, I’m not thinking about trialing with Shyla. In terms of nosework skills, she’s more ready than I could have imagined a year ago. But she’s not ready in terms of her environmental stress. I’m fine with it – I love playing nosework at home, and that’s what we’ll do!
The NACSW way of learning nose work is to start with treats and boxes, then move on to tins and straws, but paired, meaning a treat on the tin or straw so the actual odor is “providing” the reward, and then the human give another one or two. Trialing is awesome, but really the whole experience of learning to work together with your dog in anything is the biggest reward. For Shyla, you would need to start taking her to tons of new places to do nose work in order to get her calm enough to work in a trial situation. She does amazing in what I have seen, but trialing is not everything.
Melissa Clinton says
We’re so impressed that you alerted! You’re soooo smart. Y’all will find them all next time. ❤️❤️
Bailie is really smart, but she forgets to apply herself a lot of the time. We are thrilled she seems to be getting back on track with nose work.
Scruffs Dog Beds says
PAWesome video! Well done Bailie 😀
My mom loves this search and the video. It was really a good one for Bailie.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Bailey – you are truly getting to be the Princess of nose work aren’t you? Will you teach Madison like Emma taught you?
Madison is kind of a sports machine. She seems to excel at everything she puts her paw into.