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Today Sophie went to her first mock nosework trial. They limited the entries to 10 dogs each and Sophie came in first of a group of older, more experienced dogs! She had the fastest time. You have 3 elements (areas where they hide the odor for the dog to find), interior, exterior, vehicles and containers.

You get 3 minutes per element to find the hide and tell the judge where it is. Sophie got the vehicle hide in 1.3 minutes (would have been a lot faster but it was the first element and she spent too much time all excited bouncing around before getting down to work LOL).

She got exterior in 23 seconds, containers in 13 seconds and interior in 4 seconds flat!

SUPER proud of her. I had no idea how she would do in a trial setting we really just went for the experience she was a very good Sophie and apparently totally over her spay trauma

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That was AWESOME, Dee Dee!!! Pixel's not on odor yet, but she is also very fast to find the hides, so I think she'll do well once she understands odor.

The interesting thing is watching how different dogs work. There is an English Cocker in our class... Nose born for this. But he gets SO over the top, rushing around, that he's gone through the odor before he can stop himself, then swirls around frantically (messing with the scent cone) before figuring it out. It ends up taking him longer to find the hides, even though they are very simple at our level. Then there is a Nwfie in the class. She doesn't know the word "excited". She is very careful and deliberate, and even though she SEEMS to be working much more slowly, she's very accurate, and doesn't deviate once she's found the scent. So she actually finds the hides much faster.
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Good job, Sophie!
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she was a very good Sophie and apparently totally over her spay trauma
Good two sea dat amiga Sophie gots her groob back! But rite now I smelled breakfas, I gotta go

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I love watching the videos of Sophie, and Pixel, too, doing this and any work! They are having such fun that it always makes me smile.

So glad Sophie is feeling herself again!
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Good Job Sophie.
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Way to go Sophie, your back girl!
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Love the videos. I just heard of another type of nose work that I thought you all might get a kick out of. The receptionist at my dentist's office has Westies and she just started them on "barn hunts". What they do is put rats in ventilated tubes and then hide them. They will use just plain tubes, tubes with just rat droppings and then the rats in the tubes. They'll put straw on top to conceal them. And then they turn the Westies loose! She said they have different levels for the dogs to pass, where they will put the tube on another floor, or in a vehicle or a different room. I said, "boy I bet those rats are traumatized"! She said, "No. They love it! Its like they are going neener, neener, neener!" The rats are pets of the people that put on the barn hunt, so they are well cared for. I think I'm still doubtful that the rats actually enjoy it!
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It is WAY strange to be taking Sophie to the NW places where Hallie and I went, I keep seeing this fluffy black girl at the end of the leash and wonder what happened! Seemed like yesterday we were here with Hallie.

Karen that is funny you mention english cockers because the judge you can hear in the background here, has ECs also and hers do the same thing, go blowing right through odor. Now that they are a little older they don't do that as much and are very competitive. But that is exactly why my Hallie often beat the sighted dogs, she wasn't able to blast through and really concentrated and relied on her nose. She was amazing to watch. I'm sure Pixel is going to be a great NW dog too!

Barn hunt is a big thing here too. I have several friends who do that. I agree that thankfully the rats don't get hurt but still can't be that fun for them so I've never done it. Plus I don't like to turn on the hunting instinct with critters. But I know it's a lot of fun for the dogs!
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Nice work Sophie. She sure gets right down to business. Nose work is on the agenda for my Hav too.
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