Container searches are one of the four elements of NACSW Nose Work. Most humans dread containers but why? Mom has always liked them, even when her dogs were failing on them like crazy. Today I’m sharing still photos from Caprise Adams Photography to show you what a container search can be like.
Like every element, there is a start line. Here it is the area between the two orange cones. Containers are often boxes which can be different sizes and shapes. Sometimes they are paint cans, plastic tool boxes, pretty much any container that is a reasonable size can be used and they can be mixed as well. Being a Level 1 Container search, I had mainly cardboard boxes and one hide in each search.
I’m a very energetic searcher, so holding me back at the start line is not easy. See how I take off!
With any search, but especially containers I need to put on the brakes and check each box so I don’t miss anything. I learned on my own to sniff the seams because that is where the odor leaks out the most.
Oops, I was going a bit too fast and I passed the odor box. I could tell the odor cone was getting more distant. Time to hang a u-turn. Going back two boxes I told my mom I found the right box. It took me just eleven seconds.
Can you see how much fun we both are having? Time for me to get paid! For some reason many humans are just afraid a dog will alert on the wrong box. We think it is easier than other elements as we know the hide is in one of the boxes in this case. I don’t have to bother searching the whole area, just the containers.
My third container search was pizza boxes on chairs in the gym. Many dogs had problems with the shiny slippery floor, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
I went right to the correct box but I was a bit unsure of myself. Searching boxes on chairs doesn’t happen very often and Mom decided to have me check other boxes before calling the alert.
One clue there is something wrong here is that I am not even looking at the chairs or boxes. Why? Because I am not smelling any odor in the area. If there is no odor, I’ll sniff around looking for something more interesting.
What do you know, we are back where I started at the box with the odor. I checked it out again and I was still sure it was the correct box. the odor is coming out of the box, covering the chair, and dropping to the floor.
Time for my alert! Mom is checking with the judge to make sure we get a “yes”. See me, I already know it will be a “yes” and I’m waiting patiently for my treat.
Instead of a few seconds, we ended up taking sixty one seconds to call the alert. Mom is learning, and I am patient with her. Treat time! Container searches are not that bad, folks! We look forward to many more successful container searches in our future!
Hope you enjoy the still photos. We get videos too, but sometimes still photos are more fun to see. The photos and videos are definitely something we are thankful for.
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