I’m thankful for personal successes in nose work I’ve recently attained. My mom is very competitive, and not a real team person. Selecting dogs as teammates has been very humbling, and difficult for her, but through a lot of failures, she has learned to really appreciate spending time with us, doing what we love, and attaining some personal goals.
Remember back in January, I had a very dismal NW3 Trial? Mom pretty much lost hope in team red ever earning an NW3 Title. After taking a break, and competing with Bailie a few times, it was my turn again on April 28. I was ready for my two favorite things – nose work, and mom and me time.
A lot of people that know me, and even some who don’t, commented on what a happy girl I was. There were also a lot of our friends there who know me from my blog, and other trials. I got lots of petting which was an added bonus for me. One person even noticed how much I enjoy fun, but when Mom releases me to search I get 100% serious until she says we are finished. That is one trait Mom loves about me, I have a great work ethic.
Mom did the morning walk through, and when she returned to the car, she told me it would not be our day. The interior searches were big rooms full of stuff. I’m pretty slow, but methodical in my searching. She said, “I’m going to let you do what you want, Emma. Just find the hides, tell me, and see what happens.” The above photo was the first interior room. Remember, I’m searching for a Q-Tip with odor in all that stuff! I had three minutes to search the room and tell Mom if there were 0, 1, 2, or 3 hides. Guess what? I found three, and in 1:27! That is like the most amazing search of my life! I got such a big hug from Mom I thought I might be permanently squashed.
The second room was packed as well, and I found one hide. This time I didn’t do what I always do which is search the perimeter counterclockwise, instead, I went diagonally in and almost right to the hide. Mom was certain there must be more than one, but we ended with the one.
In the third room, I went back to my perimeter work, and ended up finding two hides. I was working like a dog, not like the usual slow Emma. Mom was so happy it was crazy. At this level, you don’t know how many hides there are until the end of the day, but we both felt we did a great job.
Containers are always my thing. Mom loves how she can trust me to find the right ones and tell me about them. We had pizza boxes (no pizza), and these plastic storage boxes to search. I found the pizza box one quickly.
After covering almost all the containers, I alerted to one of the storage boxes, which was also correct, so we found two hides in containers. Look at me, tongue out and everything. My mom knows I don’t lie.
Exteriors was a nice area but once again a lot of stuff. I found the hide right away in the crates, but didn’t tell my mom. We came back around, and this time, I pointed it out nicely to her.
Sadly, the last search was vehicles, and I did not find the one hide that would have earned me my NW3 Title. Still, nine out of ten was awesome for me, and it was the second time in three trials I only missed one. What we are most proud of is the interior search! For me to find three hides so fast, and to find the hides in the other rooms with time to spare is a miracle in those busy rooms! To top off the thrill, we got a “P” which is pronounced on our interior score sheet. Pronounced means the handler and dog worked exceptionally well as a team, and are fairly rare. We have never had a pronounced before, so it is very special for us.
All day I was a super happy girl, and I worked my furry behind off! Mom and I hope to get me into another trial in a few months. There are not many to enter close to home during the summer, but I will be ready. We know the title will come, but in the meantime, we are enjoying our personal successes in nose work.
***Nose work photos of me searching were taken by Caprise Adams, and purchased by My GBGV Life for our own use.***
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