I remembered something I meant to put in yesterday's post - about the nosework practice.
The first indication was lovely, just a paw placement. The second one she started nicely then went completely out of control - I was shocked to see her digging vigorously, with dirt just flying out behind her!
Remember all the hides were set low, three at ground level. Turns out I placed that second hide within 6 inches of a mouse hole! Gimme started out okay with her indication, but putting her nose that close - her instincts took over and she went straight to her hobby of enlarging the entrance.
I was determined to have her give a "proper" indication so tried several things to get her back into nosework mode. Nothing was working until I basically put my foot on top of the mouse hole. Then she got hold of herself and gave me a nice controlled indication. From there we moved off to find the other two hides, also with nice controlled indications.
I just thought it was funny - the look on her face was priceless. Odor AND a mouse hole! YEEHAWWWWW.... Fortunately that is not likely to be the case at a trial or we'll fault for sure.