I apologize for getting so far behind on blogging. Things have been very hectic.
Vehicle search 1 video - The other instructor cautions me about running with Gimme into the search area for the millionth time. I've explained why so many times and it doesn't stick, so I don't respond. Gimme finds the first hide very quickly. Gimme wanted to go to the grass and I didn't let her and moments later admonished her to get to work - she didn't pee when she had the chance, so I want to make sure she knows she doesn't get to pee during the search. She does turn to go back to work and as luck would have it, immediately finds a hide. From there she goes right to hide 3. Dorothy has quite the challenge keeping up with us, which is complicated by not wanting to push us off a hide. Gimme quickly finds the fourth hide. Gimme is lured up, putting her feet on Dorothy's car by the presence of the jacket. She hasn't put her feet on a vehicle in a very long time so I wasn't expecting it. Since I chastised her about putting her feet up, Dorothy thinks I might want to reward a hide she'd already found to soothe any hurt feelings. I don't think Gimme needs it. Gimme takes another turn around the middle truck and this time just really nails the last hide. The last hide was a really hard challenge because it was so close to the bumper hide. Turns out Gimme was the only dog to go into the tight space between the two big trucks, but I always let her sort these things out in her own way.
Vehicle search 2 video - Gimme was really moving out in the initial trip around the vehicles and Dorothy was barely able to keep getting us back in the viewfinder - hence my backside plays a prominent role in this video. Don't blink or you'll miss it when Gimme quickly checks the drain and then turns and goes directly to the nearest hide. Gimme rechecks earlier locations and quickly dismisses the lingering odor. I use the time while she is checking to back into the space between the two big trucks in anticipation Gimme will want to go there next. Dorothy says the dogs use lingering odor to find new sources. I think this really means they work through the lingering odor and once dismissed are able to work with what remains. You'll see after the second hide, Gimme has no problem squeezing past me. Seeing the jacket was still on Dorothy's car, I am prepared to body block if Gimme shows any interest there, but it isn't necessary. I'm sure she remembered my stern "off" from before and was pretending there was nothing there. It also helped to have a hide so close. She heads a bit out of the search area and when I restrict her, she checks the drain again... and again goes right to odor. Kind of amazing how the drain to odor thing works.
Vehicle search 3 video - By the time we start the third search its getting dark and its over in another parking lot with no lighting. The two vehicles are a large glass carrying truck and a equipment trailer. I didn't think there would be anything to show in the video, but you can see a bit of what's happening. What is most interesting about this search is how Gimme knows the general location of the hide, but has trouble sourcing it. As soon as I do-se-do to switch places with her, then she's right on it. So, while she's perfectly comfortable pushing past me to get to where she wants to go, in this case (maybe because it was darker) her ability to work was hampered by social pressure. Once the social pressure is relieved she immediately solves the puzzle.