I got my Level 1 Container Title in K9 Nose Work on Halloween, the day before I got my NW2 Title. Halloween was an Elements Specialty Trial for interiors and containers at Buckhill. I didn’t get a spot for interiors, I was like number thirty something on the wait list, but I did get into containers. You may remember back in May I tried for my container element title, but missed one of four searches.
One thing we find important if you have a pet is being able to read your pet. Knowing what your dog, in my case, is up to can be so important in every day life and in sports. I’m not a fan of container searches with boxes which is why Mom has worked really hard the last months to read me better so she knows if I am goofing around or if I mean I found the odor. In the above photo, one photo is me trying to trick Mom, the other is my alert. Both were taken on the same search. Can you tell which one is the real alert? Read on to find out.
I don’t mind doing a search or two of boxes, but by the third or fourth search, I’m getting bored and start to goof around. I’m sniffing up this box for no reason, but Mom knows I’m not on odor by the way I’m not “on it” like I would be with odor.
Now look at the other false alert photo. See how I seem more soft and playful? It would be easier to see in video, but Mom knew I wasn’t on odor so she refused to listen to me on the second box of the search. A few months ago she may have called it and cost us the title. She is getting better at reading me all the time.
I passed all four of my searches and got my Level 1 Container Title. Mom and I were thrilled. We only needed to pass three searches since we passed three and got a leg back in May, but we really wanted to earn it by passing all four at once. For now we are back in classes and looking forward to more trials and titles starting in the spring of 2016.