Turns out, prime rib is a high value food at my house, at least for Bailie. My mom has always loved it, and when she found out she can buy a slice at the store, rather than making the whole thing, she started buying one now and then. One night she offered some to Bailie who pretty much eats anything. Her reaction was different than usual, she seemed to be extra crazy about it.
After this finding, Mom decided to make it Bailie’s reward at nose work trials. It does seem to give Bailie a good extra incentive to find hides! Mom started using it, just for some of the trial in Green Bay back in September. It is now her standard, which helped Bailie earn her NW2 title, and most recently, her L1E, Level 1 Exterior Title on November 12th.
The L1E Trial was held on November 12th at the Heritage Village on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, which is why the searches took place around old buildings and other old items like this wagon. Thank you to Caprise Adams, and her brother Wyatt, for once again taking some amazing photos of the searches. I have purchased these for my own use.
Now for the prime rib in the pouch please, Mom.
The second search was on the porch of the old town hall, a very small crowded area.
Once again, waiting to be paid for finding the hide!
The fourth and last search of the day was the gazebo right as the sun was going down. Caprise captured some stunning photos, and Bailie was not shy telling Mom what the title she earned was worth!
Bailie worked her way around the benches looking for odor.
She knows she has to get her nose to the source before letting Mom know she has found the odor.
Sometimes we need to use some yoga poses to bend ourselves as necessary to find the odor!
She has located it and is now alerting Mom, along with hoping for some of the prime rib.
The prime rib is waiting and Bailie is already to eat some more of it!
Bailie is smart and knows there is more prime rib in that pouch. “Now is not the time to be cheap,” is what she is thinking!
Come on Mom! I earned my title, fork over the rest of the bag or I will have to grab it myself! And is the story of how Bailie earned her L1E last month. Now she can focus on Level 2 Elements, except for containers which she has already earned.
We still have a few days to go in the 4 Gifts for Pets Giveaway Extravaganza! I think Bailie said she sniffed out the #4giftssecretword on our Twitter account today! Enjoy and win big!
Prime rib!!?? Wow!! Your mom is awesome Emma! I BET Bailie loves that! Mom laughed when you wrote “fork it over.” What great photos and great post! your doodle friend Dash
Thank you. I’m more interested in chicken or liver, but Bailie is a prime rib lover. When you figure a good bag of treats is at least $6-7, the prime rib slice is about the same cost but works much better.
that is the pawfect reward for such a fabulous noseworker… the mama read about “high valued” treats for doing special things and now she knows what such a treat can be…I hope I will get prime ribs too ;O)
We have also tried liver, chicken, lamb meatballs. The important thing is, it needs to be able to be carried and not crumble.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
That is the best food reward. Good thinking and great job!
Mom and Bailie agree!
Ellen Shedlarz says
For prime rib I would find it to. My favorite. I can’t believe you can buy one piece but how do you cook it?
Mom found it by accident one day in the dinners to go section of the grocery store. It is already cooked and only needs to be warmed for humans or chopped up for us furry ones! Since Bailie doesn’t need the whole slice, Mom gets to eat part of it as her reward!
Hmmmmmm, our Mama likes prime rib too…we are definitely going to ask for a taste next time we smell her eating it!!
Great job Bailie!
Jakey, Arty & Rosy
It is good stuff as long as you know what the spices are on it if there are any.
That’s the best reward, for anyone really. Lol
Mom enjoys her share of the slice as well…of course at home, not out of the pouch!
You sure earn that yummy goodness sweet Bailie! Hey, we were reading each others blogs at the same time today!
Maybe we are starting to have that mental telepathy thing being friends for quite a few years?
Sparkle the PBGV says
The Wild Child does get a crazed look when she is waiting for her prime rib! Yum, yum, yummy! XOXO, Sparkle
She does and it makes Mom happy because we know it makes hard work worth the effort. Everyone has their secret weapon.
Jan K says
Bailie has discriminating tastes, and she’s going to make sure she gets what she deserves for all that hard work. Love it!
She is the only dog who eats pretty much anything, but she has her favorites. Since she has been doing so well in nose work lately, it is important to really step up the reward to encourage her to keep it up.
Way to go, Bailie! You earned every bit of that prime rib!!!! Those are stunning photos – the lighting was wonderful and the photographer did great things with his shallow depth of field.
Congrats, Bailie. Shyla is just getting good at doing searches in our town so maybe someday…. we can dream, can’t we? Dream of being a superstar like you!
There are always trials in CO. A lot of our friends have gone out there to trial and loved it. When you feel the time is right, try entering an ORT, try all three odors if you can get in, and see how it goes. You will never truly know how your dog will work in a competitive environment until you try. Madison’s first ORT was a real wake up call for what Mom needed to work on and she only passed clove. Two months later after some hard work, she passed the other two like a champ. There are so many fearful dogs at trials, you would not feel out of place. The NACSW works to make sure the sport stays a sport for reactive and fearful dogs and it is amazing to see them work and be so successful. At our NW3 last weekend the fastest dog to earn a title was seriously afraid and reactive!
Miss Harper Lee says
What a fantastic setting for the trial, and what an excellent reward for Bailie. My human mommy says she’d be happy to do a little nose work for some prime rib. 😉
My mom has been practicing with us for almost four years and she still can’t find the odor. Humans just don’t have the noses for it but she gets herself prime rib now and then anyway.
Mom and Dad love prime rib and occasionally order it we them eat out. They always bring a LITTLE home for us.
Mica is not big on streets or ppl food but even she loves it. That is the best. Great Job Bailie and you earned your treats.
Madison and I are not over the moon about prime rib, but Mom and Bailie just love it and the key to the best high value reward is finding that special food.
M. K. Clinton says
I can’t even begin to tell you what I’d do for some prime rib. It wouldn’t be pretty. BOL! Those are gorgeous photos.
Madison and I like prime rib, but are not wild about it. Bailie is seriously wild about it, kind of like my mom, LOL!
Maxwell, Faraday & Allie says
Bailie, seriouslies, prime rib? What a treat!!
I know. That girl wants the best of everything in life!
How nice that you got such great pictures of the search.
BTW, it isn’t only dogs that will do anything for prime rib. There is a marina in North Carolina famous for its 32 ounce prime rib (WHO can eat that much?). Anyway, huge yachts line up on the dock just for the prime rib.
Good thing Bailie doesn’t have a boat. You might decide to head out in search of her own prime rib.
Be on the look out! My mom is as crazy as Bailie for prime rib. They might try to polish one off together!
I love all of those pictures with her tongue out. It looks like your mom has found the magic treat to get Bailie to work!
Bailie is really into the food which is a good motivator! Mom loves prime rib too, so she doesn’t mind biting a piece in half if it is too big!