Our focus lately has been getting the plastic container boxes in some other locations, and I have also been sneaking in cardboard ORT boxes, while still using the regular plastic container as the "hot box". Tonight I took a leap and put the tin with birch into a vented ORT box, with plastic containers all around it as well as a blank ORT box. This really would be a test of Molly's understanding that finding the birch odor pays. Has she just been blindly fussing at plastic containers until I mark and reward? Or does she really get it?
She gets it. I don't have a video of that first search with her alerting at an ORT box, when up until now odor has been in a plastic box. I set this search up afterwards, with all cardboard ORT boxes (with the lids partially open, "vented"). I'll say it a million times, I am an agility girl but gawd dang I love that moment when they whiplash their head and get "in odor". I never get tired of it.
I switched the location of the box and let it sit on the floor and "age" for about an hour. I put her Nosework harness and leash on, because I really struggled with my leash handling with Perri due to her equipment issues and I want to start strong with that with Molly. She alllllmost leaves the hot box but alerts nicely on it! I think I am going to have a whole lot of fun doing Nosework with Molly.