I have a big trial coming up this Saturday. It’s a Nose Work 1 (NW1) trial, and I have to be on my A-game. To pass, I’ll have to find the odor hidden on a vehicle, in an interior room, in an exterior space, and in one of many containers. That is four correct alerts in one day (one per element). Obviously I have a super sniffer and am completely capable of doing this, but I still practice. Honestly, I think it’s so Mom can learn more about all of this stuff.
This past Saturday at my class with the best nose work instructor, my buddy, Barb, I’m not sure what was going on. She made me wear a glow stick around my neck. It was purple, and that is my favorite color, so I was okay with that, but it was still strange. Next we went into a room for me to do a search, and Barb turned off the lights. What in the world? Clearly I don’t need to be able to see to use my sniffer, but it was a little disorienting to do that. Besides, with the lights out, am I still as handsome? How could Mom know?
I still managed to find the hides in the dark, so clearly I have some mad skills, and I think Mom was supposed to be listening for changes my breathing, but it makes me a little self-conscious to think she’s doing that. I mean, really, admiring me in the light is normal, but stalking my breathing in the dark is a little like something out of that show “Criminal Minds.”
Still, it was a fun class, and I think Mom is a bit more prepared for the NW1 this weekend because of the fun class. For the record, I’m not wearing a glow stick ever again.