Last weekend was our big nose work weekend! Mom was on a committee with some of our nose work friends, that helped SPDTC host four element specialty trials. It was a lot of work to get the entire weekend to run smoothly, but the committee and our super certifying official pulled it all together to make a big success. Those six humans made a great team!
The entire event took place in my backyard which was awesome! The Lakeville Hasse Arena was the trial site for the weekend. I had my photographer get a shot of the place first thing in the morning when just a couple cars had arrived to unload supplies. It was a wonderful nose work venue!
Mom volunteered to get poop bags for the trial. We contacted a few companies, but the only one who came through was Earth Rated, which is our brand of choice anyway! With over a hundred dogs competing over the course of the weekend, the potty area is a popular spot and Earth Rated bags helped keep it tidy! Always scoop that poop is our motto, as you know.
I was entered in the Saturday afternoon Level 1 Interior Trial, and the Sunday morning Level 2 Container Trial. My mom was working as a volunteer coordinator and volunteer for the other two trials, so I got to hang out in my kennel in the arena office. It was perfect since it was inside, air conditioned, and a safe place to leave dogs in their crates. I also got to lounge on my new fleece kennel blanket my friend Kira made for me! I did really well and never howled or barked despite being left in there for several hours each day. I was not alone as there were four to five other dogs from the committee crated too.
Saturday afternoon was my time to get my Level 1 Interior Title. I had a leg from May 2015, which means I only needed to find three of the four hides, but Mom and I like to do it right and find them all. Being as it was interiors, there is no photography or video available. The search areas are not that big, and there have to be three to four people in the room for various jobs like timer, and judge, so I have no photos of my searches. This was the first photo of me right after I got my new Title, L1I.
Sunday morning I was lacking in the energy department, but we were still excited for container searches. Unfortunately, I wasn’t “in my zone” for the first search which was boxes on benches, and didn’t find the two hides. I did find the other five in the next three searches, but didn’t get a title. The other three searches were luggage in a circle in the arena, paint cans and boxes on a concrete area, and boxes on a sidewalk. When finished, I returned to my car to assume my usual “cool as a cucumber” position. In the afternoon, I went back to my crate in the arena office.
All in all it was a great weekend. We had a blast and Mom’s mental management is really coming along. When I messed up my first container search, it was not a big deal, we went right on to our next searches and did well. Mom is learning to manage her mind, and I’m working on my search speed and communicating quicker when I find odor.