Did you know that the reason dogs have such a long face is so that they have room to store all those sniffing sensors? We also learned that smells travel much like a breeze of warm air or the fog from dry ice might through a room. The scent falls and then spreads over the floor.
It's an odd sort of training from all the other things we have done. In this class, I actually ask Katie to find the 'hide' or object (usually a plastic egg filled with stinky dog treats) and then I follow her around the room as she sniffs for it. As she picks up the scent she usually moves a bit faster and then gives an adore subtle wiggle. We are to the point now that once she is pretty sure she knows where the scent is she cues me by sitting down. All in all we have a blast and I love the time we spend together doing it!
And, since Katie wasn't feeling too camera shy last night, I had our instructor take a quick video so you could all she Katie in action.
There is a Nose Work III class starting up in July and I am really tempted to enroll Katie in it. Like I said, she really seems to enjoy doing the work and she is actually pretty darn good at it too. The third class takes things up a notch by expanding the work space from one to several rooms and to include the outdoors. And the size of the finding object gets smaller too.
Between now and then our trainer suggested that we practice taking a few boxes and an easy hide to a parking lot or place with distractions to prep for the next class. So, if you see me out there at the Tractor Supply parking lot with my pup and a bunch of boxes... we might look weird, but we are just prepping for a nose work class. A nice wave and hello will suffice. Say nothing more about the crazy box lady ;)