K9 Pocket put on her trailing harness today for the first time. Thank you to Terry McGauley and Nathalie Green who made Pocket's first official training a huge success. Terry started my girls many years ago and thank goodness she is here for Pocket as well.
Pocket is my first puppy that I have trained as a seasoned search dog handler and I must say, it was too cool. I watched Pocket start to use her nose instead of her eyes. And then she literally seemed to hit a scent walls at shade lines thrown from trees onto the sunny grass. I know long ago Remy and Scout learned similarly as puppies, but today was the first time I truly understood and appreciated the complexity and brilliance of a puppy learning to follow a scent trail. Pocket's first trail felt like my first trail as well!! And the partnership begins!