I’m excited to tell everyone that I earned my NW2 Title on the first try on November 3rd! Mom wasn’t sure if it would go well as it was only a few days after we lost my sister Emma, but she was with us. We felt her during our searches helping us achieve our goal! We have a lot of sports news to catch up to, but we will get to it all eventually.
This title means more than so many of our other titles. Emma, Bailie, and I all earned this title in the same weekend of the year. Emma and I both earned our NW1 titles within three days of each other, and then just a few months later our NW2 Titles. Bailie, well, she needed six tries, but she got her NW2 Title last year. Can you believe I did it, and am only two! Emma was nine, and Bailie four years old. It’s pretty cool being the first three GBGV’s to earn NW2 Titles with the NACSW, our favorite nose work organization.
The trial was held at the Dakota County Heritage Village which has all sorts of cool old buildings. I was dog number six for the day and started my day searching interiors. My first search was in the town hall, one hide, two minutes to find it.
From the Town Hall, I went to the old Post Office to search for three hides in three minutes. Mom always has wanted to search the Post Office, so it was extra special for us. The photo is the back part of the Post Office. I had to search the front entry way as well.
My exterior search was an area with lots of picnic tables in the grass with plenty of smelly leaves. This search had one hide and a three minute time limit. I had some trouble staying focused on nose work, but found the hide with just eleven seconds to spare. Below are a few photos from my exterior search. Thank you to Caprise Adams for our search photos, you are always amazing.
I checked the tables, but just couldn’t find the hide.
Eventually, we found our way to the trash can, the only odd thing in the search area.
Guess what? Yep, the hide was there, whew!
Next up was containers in the old Ice Cream Parlor. It’s a neat old place, but there are a lot of strange air currents that can really confuse a girl. The search was two and a half minutes, looking for two hides. In this level there are also one or two distractors (food and/or toys) in some of the containers.
Containers can be rather boring, but I’m pretty good about sniffing each one as I pass by.
The plastic ones were a bit more interesting to me.
Eventually, I told my mom where one of the hides was. Can you tell I was anticipating my reward?
I found the second one, and we were done. Remember I said containers are boring…well, I think they make a dog crazy! Just look at my wild eyes as we left the building!
Our last search of the day for the title was vehicles. There were three vehicles, one hide, and three minutes to find the hide. My mom is scared of vehicle searches, but I was able to get the problem solved and earn the title.
I did some sniffing around on that car in the very back to get warmed up.
From there, I took Mom to the burgundy car, and like magic, I found the hide on the license plate. That was the eighth hide of the day, and my NW2 Title!
If you would like to see some or all of my searches on video, I put them all together in one trial video. You can fast forward through if you want, too. Mom and I decided it was easier to make one video than post five single ones.
And that, my friends is the happy ending to my NW2 Trial, with lots of tears and snuggles. Thank you to Emma for being an angel on our shoulders. I dedicate this title to you, my sister.
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