This time around, Perri is loving Nosework. She is a careful and thoughtful worker. We have been training with the method taught on Fenzi Dog Sports Academy: straight to odor. No issues this year for Perri. Last year she was disturbed by the scent, worried about making mistakes. This year, she remembered what we worked on in the past and was extremely confident. Extremely obedient to odor. Her tail is up and often swaying side to side while she searches.
There is only one issue: I can't seem to get myself to enjoy Nosework! I am ashamed of this. Nosework seems to catch fire in people like finding a new religion. It seems to seize people with a red hot passion. This is not happening for me. My enjoyment in the sport is purely because my dog enjoys it and I can see that it is good for her. It is difficult for me to motivate myself to train, but always when we are training, I am happy. Because Perri is happy. So for now, that's going to have to be good enough.
Right now we are working hard for her Odor Recognition Test, or "ORT". A dog must pass this test before she is permitted to enter a trial. Dogs need to test on three scents: Birch, Anise and Clove. You can do one or all scents at one ORT. Perri is entered for her Birch ORT in mid-May, though I have introduced her to Anise and she seems even stronger on Anise to me than she has been on Birch! So, maybe we will do more.
So, we will see where this journey takes us! It is a tough road to go down, a sport I am lukewarm about. What keeps me interested in this sport is that, as funny as this seems, I feel like it is helping me to get to know Perri. I feel that it is helping her, making her brave, making her happy. That has to be enough for now, until the passion finally seizes me.
Perri a month or so ago at home in our garage.
Perri a few weeks ago in a very challenging environment. (bad camera view does not show all boxes.)