Last weekend, Bailie and I had another ORT. We had our first tests last May, Bailie failed the first time, so she has been one odor behind me ever since. In order to compete in nose work you need to have passed the odor recognition test for the level you are competing in. The three odors are birch, anise, and clove. Level 1 is birch, level 2 is anise, and level 3 is clove. Since we are competing at level 1 right now, we only need birch, but we wanted to pass all three, so we are done with it once and for all. Above is a photo of us with our NACSW Scorebooks.
This ORT was at night, which means it was dark out by the time it was our turn, so we didn’t get any photos at the event. I passed birch last May, anise in July, so I only had to test for clove. I was real proud to have passed and with a time of 0:20:19. There is a three minute limit which we never need. Mom loves how serious I take my sniffing, and when I signal her, she says alert, and the judge says yes, I get so excited. My whole body wiggles and I want to hug and snuggle with Mom. I’m real proud of myself!
Bailie didn’t pass birch the first time, but she did pass it in July. This time she had to test for anise and then for clove. She did a good job and passed both. She was busy playing for the crowd, so it took her some extra time to settle in and get to work. Anise took her 0:46:25, and clove 0:38:00. Time really doesn’t matter as long as it is within the three minute limit, but it is fun to see how long it took.
The week before the actual ORT, we attended a mock ORT for some practice. We got a video of Bailie searching for clove. You can see in the video how she keeps losing her focus and wants to go see the people, but Mom gets her back on track. When she finally finds the box, she sniffs it and the floor for some time before signaling Mom. We think there may have been treat fragments from a previous search there. I wanted to show you all how an actual test looks so you have an idea of how we search.
May 2nd and 3rd we are entered in level one element specialty trials. We hope to finally bring home some titles for our efforts, so stay tuned! I will be doing interiors, vehicles, and containers. Bailie will be doing exteriors. It is a draw system (there were about 250 dogs for 120 spots), and only one dog per handler, per element which is why I have three events, and Bailie has one. Wish us some good sniffin’!
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