It was raining when it was time to go to nosework this week, and Rain was reluctant but I got her in the car without too much fuss. When we arrived at the gun club, she could barely contain her excitement! Fortunately the rain had died for the rest of the evening as well, so she didn’t have to wait outside in misery.
The class before ours had a couple of unexpected attendees so when their class ran late, I presumed we’d get home pretty late too. This was unfortunate as I had been battling a headache all day long. We ended up with a light class though, just four dogs and three handlers. Since we didn’t have class last week Rain was very excited each time I got her out to do a search…she was well-rested and full! of! energy!
Kristina was chatting while setting up our first search, when I realized what she had just done and said “um, did you really just put that up there?” Kristina had placed a hide on top of the molding of a tall windowsill, roughly 7 feet off the floor. Kristina explained how the odor cone would work in the room. It seemed like a challenge, but soon it was Rain’s turn inside the room.
Rain finding that super inaccessible hide, and in a relatively fast amount of time, is one of the most impressive searches I think she has done. That said, since her energy was dialed up to eleven I suspect that impacted her speed, at least a little. Normally I keep her on leash for searches but I felt like it would be a good evening to let her search off-leash and really let her go for it.
Our second search consisted of three hides inside the great room. Because the prior class ran a bit behind I got to watch three dogs do this search before our class, yet I had forgotten the exact placement of one of the hides.
Here’s Two Bird finding that fireplace hide. He has really come a long way in his nosework! He seems to be more confident in class, too.
Earlier in the day I had realized that our ORTs are just two weeks away, so between dogs I asked Kristina some detailed questions that had crossed my mind. (I’ll probably have more later.) Theoretically I might start getting nervous for our upcoming “big day,” but given that Rain is finding odor that’s seven feet up a wall, I sort of feel like it may not be necessary. Even so, I’m thinking through details early to be sufficiently prepped for the day as a whole and the test itself. Just in case…