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!
Edie Chase says
I’m glad you found a sport that everyone enjoys doing.
We all do love it, some more than others, but we all enjoy it.
Y’all are just so amazing with your nose work and we always enjoy your sniffing adventures!
The job of a scent hound is a tough one, but we are happy to sniff things out.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
You gals have done great, congrats on your fifth year!
Mom thinks we are going to have a really great year. I sure hope so.
I’m sure she will be a rock star once… the place of rock concerts is still named after her as the madison square garden ;O))) and I agree with you the joy and the fun and the teamwork is a super good thing… and even when there is no ribbon or trophy to be a part of all that is worth all the effort ;O)))
I love spending the day, or two days if we travel alone with just me and Mom together. Sniffing is the whipped cream on that cake.
Karen Meldrum says
What fun to watch! We are going to have to give this sport a try – for Elbe’s sake if nothing else, but Chablis would like it as well. Af un “Game”.
I think you all were made for this sport! Keep us up to date when you start.
Mary Hone says
It looks like such a great dog sport, dog and person sport I guess is more accurate. Gets you guys thinking, takes you places, and you have fun. Perfect.
And humans learn to trust and read us dogs as a human can’t do it without us!
Benjamin and Zachary, the PBGV boyz says
We look forward to nosework….we will do anything for treats!
I am happy to just do the sniffing reward or not, but Bailie and Madison are in it for the fun and especially the treats!
Jan K says
We love seeing how successful you all are at this, and how much fun you have. We have no doubt Madison will end up being a star!
Even though we’ll never compete, I’m so glad we learned about nose works from you. It’s a lot of fun and gives us something different to do.
Never say never. Who knows what might happen down the road? Even if you don’t compete, we are thrilled you enjoy it.
Isn’t it amazing to see how quickly time flies when you’re having fun! I just realized a couple months ago that Barley and I have been doing agility training for 6 years now! I can’t wait to see how Madison progresses with noseworks–Rye just started with scents last months and she’s really loving it (and has a VERY clear alert, which is such a treat after Barley!).
Madison likes to keep the hide placement to herself, but her clue is not moving when she is at the odor. Hopefully it will be more of an alert more often. Enjoy agility and NW.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
I truly enjoy reading all about your nose work accomplishments Emma, as well as your Mom’s enthusiasm, and your sisters involvement. I’ve learned so much about the sport, and I appreciate you sharing!
You should get your Doodles out sniffing. I bet they would be good at it.
M. K. Clinton says
It is always great to find your perfect sport. We love following your nose trials.
Thank you. We love participating!
Crystal Stewart says
Congrats to you. Today I celebrate my 1 year blogging anniversary. So hard to believe
Time really goes by fast, doesn’t it?
Crystal Stewart says
Yes it is. Actually it was 1 year yesterday.
Lee and Phod says
Congrats! You guys have great noses!
We work on our noses all day every day. Using them is so much fun!
I agree – the fun is what matters! You girls rock! That is a lot of titles for you and your mom!!!! I love reading about your nosework adventures 🙂
Mom and I really want for me to get my NW3, at least one and they we will be satisfied with my career. There are a lot of trials coming up and we are hopeful.
Knotty Toys for Good Dogs says
Wagnificient Sniff work!
3 bum swings! 3 more!?
Keep having a pawsome time???
Thank you. We all love our sniffing work