We had a little fun one time when doing a “Mock ORT” for Luke’s nose work studies. This was one of the first we did with the Dadz, and since I didn’t want to set Luke up to fail, I tried to make it just a little easier for him by just folding the flaps of the box into each other, so there might be just a little ventilation for the scent tin inside. It also made it easier for the Dadz to set it up for us.
I don’t know if I was slow to get in there because I had said “Alert” and I was waiting for hubby to confirm with a “yes”, or exactly what happened, but Luke did something he doesn’t usually. He tried to stick his nose right into the box.
Yup, he got the box stuck on his nose. Now, if you look at this series of photos it doesn’t even appear as if I’m jumping in there to help him! I promise you I wasn’t laughing at him (well, maybe chuckling just a bit), and I did get right in there. After all, Luke is a fearful dog and something like that could totally freak him out.
It didn’t. I think he was just SO focused on the scent in the box, it didn’t phase him in the least. My DSLR camera has a “Pet” setting on it, and that setting snaps off several shots in a row rapidly, and that must be what makes it look like I’m not rushing in there. I did, honestly, I’m
almost sure of it!
All’s well that ends well, and once I got the box off he got lots of treats. We did a few more trials after that and he did great. No worse for wear, thank goodness! It is a little funny, now that we know it all turned out OK. 🙂
BTW, I am going to get more proper boxes for our future practice. All the boxes will match as suggested by our friends who compete in nose works. That way I can set up the box properly and just let my hubby place it. Luke doesn’t need the extra help any more anyway, he can find the box when scented q-tips are taped underneath the closed part of the box. I’m just thankful this little blip didn’t set us back at all!