Yesterday was a busy day for Steeler and I - first in the morning we attended a Seminar - more about that later. Then we drove up to MasterPeace for our 5th Noseworks class. This week the dogs were introduced to their first odor - Birch. The odor is introduced by scenting a few q-tips with sweet birch essential oil, and the Q-tips are placed under the food in the box. We started with a simple box drill in a straight line on leash. Then we separated out the boxes around the room and let the dogs search off leash. Odor recognition is the first skill that the dog has to demonstrate if you want to participate in a National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) trial. The odor recognition test (or ORT) consists of a box drill type exercise with no distractions. There must be between 12 and 20 boxes at least 48 inches apart. Click here for more information.