There is no typo, we are thankful for big trailers at my house! It may sound strange, but when we see odd vehicles, trailers, or machinery, we think nose work. Lately, almost every one of our trials has started with a vehicle search. Mom has a fear of vehicle searches, so it is not the best element for us to start with. To overcome her fear, we need to practice, and reassure her that we can search vehicles.
Sunday was cold, twelve degrees, and super windy. Mom put out the hides and let them sit for about an hour. Odor travels differently in different temperatures. In cold weather, it tends to drop or stay put, heat causes it to spread. Even shade on a warm day can cause differences in how odor spreads. Bailie was first up to search. With the strong wind going from the back to the front of the trailer, she caught the odor from way down the road. She is really good at using wind.
Big trailers provide the opportunity to place several hides on the vehicle. Mom put out four hides on this one. With so many hides and the strong winds, it also created converging odor problems for us to solve. Bailie had no trouble locating all four hides in no time flat. As you can see, she was pretty proud of herself after finding the last one behind the wheel.
Wind doesn’t help me out the way it does Bailie, but I found all four hides fairly quickly. I was a bit distracted by the smells of the area at times. It seems I often have trouble staying on task in vehicle searches.
Madison found three of the four hides really quickly. This one on the back end of the trailer, she worked from both ends in, and then to the middle where the odor was located. She did a great job of bracketing it, as it had spread out along the seams and cracks.
Mom is super proud of Madison because she is pretty fearless. The wheel hide was back behind the wheel. We are supposed to get our noses to the source, and if it is inaccessible, then as close as possible. It was no big deal for Madison to wedge her head in that small space to get right to the container in the back. She is really doing well with her nose work for a beginner.
Now do you see why we are thankful for big trailers? Yesterday, we added two cars to the trailer on a much warmer day, and we are going to bring our car over for a two vehicle search on the weekend. Such fun stuff, if you are into nose work!
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