Today we are officially sniffin’ into our fifth year of nose work! Hard to believe we have completed four years of this awesome dog sport! We will always be grateful for our blogging friend Jodi, who blogged about nose work, and peeked Mom’s interest. Without blogging, and without Jodi, we may never have found our way to nose work or any dog sports for that matter!
We all remember that first class, how clueless we were. Mom told everyone it was just for fun, and we wouldn’t be needing to learn to find odor. Boy was she way off! How things can change, I guess!
I was the first one in the family to earn a title in nose work. On May 3, 2015, I earned my Level 1 Vehicle Title. Mom and I were so very proud. You can see the happiness in my furry face! It was also the first time Mom ever earned a title in any dog sport since this was our first sport!
Bailie earned her first nose work title on April 3, 2016, and it was also a Level 1 Vehicle Title. I think her title photo is one of our favorite title photos of all. She was on a farm in Iowa, and actually terrified of the horses behind that fence!
Looking back over the past four years, I started off much faster than Bailie. Bailie was just six months old when we started, but I was already seven years old. I had the maturity needed to do the job. I’ve participated in twenty one trials, and earned eight titles at this point in my nose work career. If you ever are interested in seeing all our achievements, they are listed on my “Emma’s Staff” page.
Although it took Bailie a while to mature and develop a good work ethic in nose work, she has almost caught up to me in titles! Bailie has completed fourteen trials and has earned seven titles. Right now she is coming into her prime (also choosing prime rib for rewards), and Mom is expecting some great sniffing from her in the coming couple of years!
Nose work is a sport for dogs of all ages, but there seems to be a point where age and maturity line up. I think the point has passed for me. I work hard, but my speed, actually lack of, is becoming a problem. As long as I’m having fun, I will keep on trialing. It will be interesting to see how my sisters develop in the sport. Madison is very mature for her age when it comes to sports. She could be the family rock star!
No matter how many titles we end up earning in the future, the main thing is we all enjoy, and love the sport of nose work! For another little throwback, the above video is from our fifth week ever of nose work class. We were still searching for treats, no odor. Stay tuned for nose work news as the year progresses!