The last weekend in October was filled with nose work for Bailie and Madison at Afton Alps. Last week I told you about Bailie earning her NW2 title on Oct. 29, but Madison also competed. The little one tried her first actual trial in an NW1. Mom figured she could title, but mainly wanted to enter as a learning experience. [Read more…]
Most people around here think Afton Alps is for skiing and snowboarding, but we know better! It is also a great place for nose work and getting titles! Back in July 2015, I earned my NW1 Title at Afton Alps. Last weekend both Madison and Bailie competed there and Bailie finally earned her NW2 Title! [Read more…]
Little Madison passed her birch and anise ORT on Saturday! She did an awesome job and was super proud of herself as she should be! To celebrate, she got a kneecap to chew on, and Mom got a double marshmallow Oreo fudge Concrete Mixer. When any of us pass or title, there is a celebration which includes treats for dogs and the human! [Read more…]
Last weekend, Madison tried her nose at three odor recognition tests (ORT). This was her first real experience with nose work in a pass/fail situation. Mom wasn’t sure how it would go, Madison wasn’t worried at all. She always listens to Bailie who is not really a good influence and had her share of nose work failures. I tried my best to steer Madison in the right direction, but I can only do so much! [Read more…]
I’m happy to report that Mom and I, Team Emma/Team Red, reached our three nose work goals over the weekend. We have been in a nose work slump of sorts for about a year now. After having our worst trial results ever in March, we have worked hard to fix our team with private lessons and motivational training. Saturday was our first test and we passed with flying furs! [Read more…]
Our motivational training in nose work seems to be paying off. Both Bailie and I are good at nose work, but lately, we have been lacking enthusiasm. Both of us go to our regular class, and Mom has taken us each to some private lessons to work on our motivation. [Read more…]
My sisters and I enjoyed some fun times sniffing around town on the Memorial Day long weekend! Mom likes to get us out to different places and long weekends are the perfect opportunity. One place we went sniffing with several friends was the State Fairgrounds DNR area. [Read more…]
Sunday, Bailie and I participated in a Sniff ‘n Go nose work event held by our instructor. It was a lot of fun, and some good practice too. We always take some time off from our sports in December. After a two week break, this was our first time back in sniffing action.
The Sniff ‘n Go had three searches, all holiday themes. The set up, if you know about nose work, was more the style of an elements trial than a traditional trial. The first two searches had multiple hides, the last one just one hide. Back last spring we did another Sniff ‘n Go for Easter that was a lot of fun with all Easter themed searches.
Our video has been edited as it was rather long, and we only included some of the interesting parts of the three searches. We had six videos total to combine and pare down. Actually, only my videos were edited. Bailie’s search, the third one on the video is the full search. Now we will be getting back into our practicing habit even though we are off of school until January 9th. There are trials to be entered starting the end of February and we need to get our noses prepared!
Another other fun thing about the Sniff ‘n Go is that there was a donation made to a dog charity and we also brought two new toys to give to shelter/rescue dogs to help them have a better holiday! If your dog does sports, do you go to any fun holiday events?