All of the videos I show below were taken at K's Rock as seen in the photo below. It's such a secluded and beautiful campsite. It's like our own little private world while we're there!
I did a couple of "vehicle searches" where the scent (which is two birch-soaked q-tips in a tin) was hidden on the exterior of our LabMobile. We also did general exterior searches where I'd hide the scent somewhere within our campsite and then start the dogs searching in the right general direction. I hid the tin in holes on the rock a lot because it seemed like a unique opportunity for that kind of hiding place.
The searches were affected by some brisk winds, so the dogs had to begin to learn to search from the downwind side of an area to hone in on the scent more quickly.
I find it amazing to see how focused and independent Shyla is while she searches. She doesn't even seem to hear R who barks a lot during her searches because he wants to be searching!!! During normal non-nosework training, R's barking stresses her out and makes her lose focus.
I worked with both of them equally but I happened to get more good video of Shyla. The video below has a few searches by Shyla and one by R.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing them both at work that the wonderful game of nosework! I'm hoping that nosework will be sedate enough for R to do during his surgery recovery. He is truly a handful when he doesn't get exercise so we hope that mental exercise will help substitute for it.
Thanks for all the great comments about his upcoming surgery. It is a relief to have a plan!