Element Specialty Trials are a fun part of nose work. They are more fun based and relaxed than regular nose work trials, but are not always easy. On Labor Day I was entered in Level 1 Exteriors in Hudson, WI. I passed which gives me all four Level 1 Element Specialty Titles. This is also my first title of any sort ever earned outside Minnesota.
At level 1, most trials consist of four separate searches, each one having one birch hide. Times are much shorter than most regular trials. My searches were 1:30 or 1:00 in length which is not a lot of time to find a hide. It had rained all night and into the early morning, making things soaking wet too. Nevertheless, I got my paws into motion, nose to the grindstone, and found all the hides earning me my title! My mom did pretty well too. Remember, she is the one who is usually the problem team member!
I now have all my Level 1 Element Specialty Titles which means now I will start working on my Level 2 Titles. In case you don’t remember the other Level 1 Titles, I will recap for you:
- I got my very first every nose work title in May 2015, at an elementary school. It was my Level 1 Vehicle Title.
- My second element title, Level 1 Containers, was earned at Buckhill in October 2015 at Buckhill Ski Area.
- This June 2016, I earned my Level 1 Interior Title at the Hasse Arena.
- The Hudson Civic Ice Arena was the place for my title on Labor Day, my Level 1 Exterior Title.
I’m still busy, proudly making GBGV history being the only GBGV with all four element titles, as well as my NW1 and NW2 Titles. Bailie will now work hard to secure her spot as the second GBGV to get the titles too!
Because I know many of you like to see me in action, I put two of my four videos together for your viewing pleasure. The first search I found the hide in just 11 seconds which is lightning fast for me. Sometimes I get laughed at for being so slow but I don’t care. I am methodical and thorough. In the second video, there is a lot to see. Watch how right as I start I stop to sniff grass. I was not doing nose work, so Mom nudged me with her leg. For me it is best if she doesn’t talk much. I respond to movement much better. Next I go right to the hide, but as I’m about to signal alert, the barking dogs distract me. I lose my train of thought for a moment, but then get back on track and give Mom the alert. That second search had a lot going on in it, but I made it through.