An interesting thing happened last night when we got to the marina. We live on a boat, not a house boat but large cruiser. We got home and parked near the boat. However it was pouring rain and blowing a hard cold wind. When I get out of the car I give a command to come out and wait while I lock up. Well, it was really nasty wet weather and my umbrella inverted immediately so I was soaked in a few seconds. There is no point in rushing now as you are as wet as you can get ....and cold. So I turned and gave our usual “find our boat” command. Samantha sniffs everything to the point of distraction. She immediately began sniffing the ground side to side where we had come out early in the morning. I really didn’t think she would actually track to the boat as there are things to pee on that she never misses.
Instead she just followed her nose so I just let her work. She got on the pier fine then seemed to immediately pick up scent. I use the hand rails as it’s pretty steep walkway. She moved over to the side I came up in the morning. Following almost step by step. Even wet and cold I was excited that she could do this with absolutely no training. Our finger or slip is the third boat. She followed perfectly right to the finger and turned down ours sniffing right to the end where we board. I was amazed even freezing cold and wet as I was. I’ve been in the situation before but not with this dog and felt soo good.
We got on board and up into the cockpit. Soaked. Sam shook herself off and I had a towel handy to dry her. She loves this. It’s a game we play getting rubbed kinda dry. You can’t wipe a long coat Aussie dry. Damp at best. We went into the warm cabin and dried off. I still am reliving a 100 point track in cold downpour. I don’t think my big Schutzhund GSD would have done that well on that track even with training.
I probably missed out with this dog by not pursuing scent work. She is a natural. Had I been in law enforcement I would have done scent with her. We do laundry. I get a close basket then tell her to go do laundry. She will run around and bring socks, underwear, tee shirts, what ever she can find. She gets treats for this.
I used to track in all weather with Tron. It didn’t matter to him. He wouldn’t even shake until we were done and he got his treat.
Tron GSD SCH III, AD, TD. Never to be forgotten buddy
SCH III Club
Samantha, Australian Shepherd, rescued , loves everyone
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