On November 1, I earned my NW2 Title at Buckhill! You may recall I earned my NW1 Title at Afton Alps ski area in July which makes me think ski areas in the off season are lucky for me! If you are not from Minnesota, you may not know much about Buckhill, but if you follow skiing, you probably have heard of Lindsey Vonn. She learned to ski and got her start at Buckhill. I have to say move over Lindsey, there’s a new winner in town now!
My NW2 Title consisted of four element searches. The odor used was birch, anise, or a combination of the two, and there could be more than one hide in a search, but they tell you how many there will be ahead of time. My trial started out with interiors. There are no photos of the interior searches. I searched a smaller room for one hide, followed by a larger room with two hides. I found all three hides in 1:32 which was the 6th fastest time. 38 dogs total were competing in this trial. FYI, all the search photos have been purchased for my use from Caprise Adams, the trial photographer.
Containers was my second search. Containers in level 2 are no longer just boxes, they can be bags, buckets, anything really container like. There can be more than one hide and there can be distractors in some some containers. This search had on odor hide and two distractors, one dog toy, and one bag with food.
I do have this video of my entire search. At the end, Mom has to loudly and clearly say alert and finish for the clock to stop. Mom is a bit slow on the saying alert thing which she needs to work on. The guy with the clipboard in the front right corner is the judge, people in orange vests are volunteers, and the clicking noise in the background is the trial photographer. Note how Mom lets me do my thing, doesn’t talk to me, gives me lots of space and plenty of leash to work. At the end, I catch the odor on the table and follow it right down to the bag. The motion of the air in the room pushed the odor up and out.
The wind was blowing at our faces, so that is also blowing the odor in the same direction. I follow the odor on the pipe, up a bit, and down to the outlet on the wall where the hide is located, and then alert my mom.
After I find the last hide in a search and get the reward, Mom and I always like to have a quick snuggle. I love to snuggle. I found these two hides in 51 seconds which put me at the 20th fastest time.
The final search was vehicles. Four vehicles, one hide, three minutes. My team fell apart on this one! I found the hide in about 30 seconds, but Mom was like a dear in the headlights and could not bring herself to say alert. She was scared, scared of hearing a “no”. I tried to show her but she insisted we keep looking, so I went along with her. Finally she let me go back to where I had originally found the hide.
I had my nose so deep in the wheel I was afraid it would get stuck but she still did not say alert! She remembered my first try at my NW1 Title where our last search was vehicles and we missed and failed. She did not want a repeat.
Finally, Mom did it, she said alert, finish. I had my NW2 Title! Because of Mom and her fear, I placed dead last for time, so embarrassing. Don’t worry, I have us signed up for classes starting next week. She needs to step up her game if we want to earn an NW3 Title!
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