Candid photographs from our nose work trials are always so much fun to look at. Aside from learning each time we compete in a trial, watching the videos of our searches and looking at the still photos are also great learning tools. It takes time to get the photos as they need to be edited before we can purchase them, but videos are usually available within a day. I thought Bailie at the start line would be the perfect first photo for this post!
You may remember these searches from the videos of Bailie’s searches in my previous post from her recent trial at Afton Alps. Even if you are not the one competing, watching others search can be a valuable learning tool. The first hide Bailie found in her container search is probably our favorite photo of all! Can you say, “Smile, I smell that prime rib payment heading my way!” If you don’t know much about nose work, the people in orange vests are the volunteers. They work each search element in different jobs such as the timer, videographer, and gate steward.
Bailie sniffed the second container hide on her first two trips around the circle of boxes but did not alert. Why? We don’t know, as she says that information is for her to know and the rest of us to find out. We know she checked it out both times without calling it by watching her video and looking at the still shots.
Mom did make a mental note on the second pass to make sure and go back to this box. On the third pass, Mom keeps going, but you can see by Bailie’s posture and the tight line, she is not moving, thus Mom correctly called the alert. One way to test if your dog is serious is to keep moving. A good nose work dog should not leave the odor until they have been “paid”.
We love this shot of Bailie coming around the furthest golf cart in her vehicle search with the snow. She looks like she is on the hunt!
Because she wasn’t picking up the odor, Bailie was kind of wandering along, not really into searching. At one point on the back of the second vehicle she caught odor. You can see her air scenting. She does a lot of air scenting for nose work and in her everyday life.
She went right over to the back passenger wheel on the first golf cart from her air scent and had the odor.
There are no videos or photos allowed in the interior searches, so the last search with photos Bailie had was her exterior search. As she caught the odor and approached the hide location her tongue came out. This is a telltale sign Bailie is on odor, but Mom is usually behind her and can’t see it. This is another reason these candid photographs come in handy.
Bailie went directly to the snowboard and got her nose right in there as close as she could to the odor. I guess when you are at a ski place, you should expect to find hides in or on ski equipment.
That is it, she has earned her NW2 Title finding all eight hides in the five searches! I have to admit, she does look pretty happy!
One other note, Bailie seems to be on a roll. She earned her L1E (Level 1 Exteriors) Title last Sunday. The trial was held at a fairgrounds, thus the striped background. She has now completed everything for level 1 in nose work and is working on the last three elements in level 2. We will post more on her trial in a few weeks when the photos are out.
Thank you once again to Caprise Adams for taking such wonderful photographs of our searches. We have purchased these photos for our own use.