Yesterday I got to go back to my nosework class. My friend Barb teaches Mom how to not trip over the leash, and I go find fun smells. My friend Seamus comes with his dad, Mike, too. There’s also a little dog in our class named Abby. She’s cute but what Atlas calls snack size. Only three of us were there last night, and it wasn’t raining (finally), so we went to a loading dock to practice. I like field trips, and sniffing outside is extra fun!
My friend Seamus is really good at nosework. I think he’s an auditor or something because he’s very, very thorough. He finds all the hidden odors in no time at all.
On our first run last night, there were seven different places to find odor and three different odors (birch, clove, and anise). Barb is very sneaky about where she hides the odor so that we get to really work. I like that because it’s a lot like solving a puzzle. For example, if I smell something on one side of the fence but I can’t find it, I know it means I need to go to the other side to find it. Last night the hides were high (above my head), low (on the ground), and in the middle (below my nose, but not on the ground).
I had 17 different hides to find last night. I found all of them, of course. Toward the end of the evening, there was a hide near a tree in a divider near the loading dock. When I got up there, I thought I might need to do some extra sniffing for fun before I got back to looking for the odor. Luckily, Mom knows me REALLY well because I faked out everyone else. I was sniffing a tree as a short break, and Barb was thinking I was going to send pee-mail, but Mom told her, nope, that I was on a short break and would get back to work. I figured I probably should, so then I went straight to the odor. Barb was surprised, but she shouldn’t have been. Mom and I can practically read each other’s minds.
I know Mom knew I was having a great time, so she made arrangements with Barb so that I don’t have to miss class when I am super busy with agility in March and April. It’s good that Mom is looking out for me. I don’t want to miss the chance to use my super sniffer just because I’m busy defeating the teeter.