Last night it was time for my nosework class again. It was SUPER windy. I mean the kind of wind where my fur was flying off and Mom’s hair was blowing everywhere. Of course, that means Barb thought we should do searches outside. I thought that was fantastic! I love cool, blustery weather. I like being outside in that weather. It’s a little spooky when the doors or windows rattle.
Anyway, Barb thought she’d be super sneaky and put our new odors (anise and clove) out in the super windy weather. We were doing blind hides which meant that Mom had no idea where the odor was hidden, and she had to rely on me. We were running last after my friends Seamus and Abby. My friend Callum had to stay home because his mom didn’t feel good this week.
Normally, Seamus is the man in nosework. He just goes from odor to odor and finds things like a speed demon. Last night, we waited for a few minutes during his search (which we couldn’t see). Then it was Abby’s turn. She took several minutes as well. Then it was my turn. Mom told me to go find it, so I RAN to the first odor (which was hidden in the dirt). Yep! Reward! Next I RAN to the odor that Barb hid on the hinge of a door. Yep! Reward! Then I ran sniffing all that odor in the wind. Quickly, I turned around and ran to one of the areas near a speed bump. I sniffed the ground, and Mom called it. Barb said, it was under a piece of wood, but Mom said, “Nope, no wood, Mozzie found it.” Reward again! I did all of those finds in under two minutes. That was my first run of the evening.
I stayed on my sniffing pace all evening, and Barb declared, “Mozzie was on fire tonight.” I have to admit, I was pretty proud of myself. I really do LOVE to sniff, so I like that Barb noticed I’m good at it.
Mom says the American Kennel Club (AKC) has added nosework for 2017, so I’m looking forward to more opportunities to get titles in something I love as much as sniffing. I do have a super sniffer!
I’m resting up today because I know I’m going to get to go work on agility and obedience again tomorrow since Mom has the day off of work.