Our whirlwind trip began in the early morning hours of May 18. I awoke at 2 am to shower and get myself ready. At 3 am I woke Bo and exercised him for 50 minutes. We walked/jogged up and down our street and played games of chase (and tug) with our lunge whip. The idea was to exercise him enough to tire him but not make him hot, thirsty or hungry.
|Walking to the gate.|
Bo and Austin worked through the security checkpoint, navigated the busy gate area, and boarded the aircraft with ease and confidence. On the plane Bo settled at our feet and slept for most of the flight. Early in our first flight, he alerted to a low of 82 and then later in the flight he alerted to a low of 78. On the flight home, he alerted to highs of 215 and 255. I was able to capture video of his alert on the 255.
I didn't expect him to alert on the plane because we had not done scent training on one, plus the environmental distractions were new and strong. The fact that he did alert demonstrated his ability to "generalize" or learn to perform a behavior in any given situation or environment. It also demonstrated his willingness to do the job we've trained him to do.
|Asleep during the flight.|
|Settled at our feet.|
While Bo was very visible as we walked through the airport terminal and as we waited at our gate, on the plane he was inconspicuous. He settled at our feet and slept for the majority of the flight. In fact, he was so quiet and out of sight that he went completely unnoticed by a passenger sitting across from us. She only noticed him when we were getting off the plane. She came up to me and said, "I didn't even know you had a dog with you." I smiled at her knowing we had achieved success.
|Waiting to board our flight.|
|In line to board.|