After a holiday hiatus, we are back into our Nose Work classes. Pongo has sniffed his way to Advanced Nose Work and is preparing for a trial in May. Our instructor Liz, at Alaska Dog Sports made today’s class especially challenging for the dogs. Instead of using the usual small, metal tins to hide the scents, she put the scented q-tips into empty pens. That means the scent could only travel through the very small opening at the end of the pen.
I love watching Pongo take on a challenge but felt for him today when he struggled a bit to find the hides.
We also had a chance to practice box drills. Pongo is working really hard on alerting with a sit instead of becoming the Smash-O-Nator and destroying the hide or the box. All of these small details matter in a trial. He can find the hide no problem but if he disturbs the hide area, it’s a fault. So, practice, practice, practice!