My first NW3 trial was on March 30th. Because I’m only two, Mom said she was extra proud of me for being at this level already! Emma was nine when she tried her first one, and Bailie was four. Neither of us knew what to expect from our team since we don’t have years of experience, but we promised to do our best and have fun. In the end, we did not title, but we had a great time and did pretty well.
I spent a lot of the day sitting in the car, waiting, sometimes wondering where Mom went to. It was pretty cold because of a nasty wind, but sometimes she would still leave the car to hang out in the parking lot, talking to friends.
My first search was a bust. I was all excited, the floor at the school was shiny and slippery, ceiling lights were bright, and I knew a lot of the people working around the search area. My mind wasn’t really in the game, and I told my mom about the wrong container, so we got a big old “no” right off the bat. She was a bit sad about that, but we decided to just keep going and have fun trying to do better on our next searches. There were two containers with hides, so we actually missed two by getting that dreaded, “no”. Once you get a “no”, you are done with that search.
Next up we did our exterior search. It took place in a courtyard in the middle of the school. The area was full of leaves, dirt, all kinds of great smelling stuff. Mom was a bit worried I would not work on nose work, and we would be in a pickle. Right off the start line, I insisted on going left to a pile of shovels. I sniffed them a lot, but didn’t give any alert, so we moved on.
There was a grill I enjoyed sniffing for a time, but Mom said time is ticking, we needed to move on. The search was three minutes, and as always at the NW3 Trial level, there could be one to three hides. I wandered about, but then came around a corner, and noticed something in the air.
After turning the corner, I walked past the hide, but then snapped my head back. This was a sign to Mom that I had found something important.
Yes, there was a hide in that little watering can and I found it correctly, pets and food for me!
Because Mom knows I don’t always tell her about hides I find, she remembers possibilities. As we wound down to the final thirty seconds, she buzzed me back to those shovels, where this time I did my job correctly, and told her that there was indeed a hide
She was pretty happy about that whole thing as you can tell. I got the stuffing squeezed out of me! At the end of the day, we found out there were two hides and we found them both.
If you would like to see the entire exterior search, you can have a look at the video.
Our third element of the day was interiors, three rooms total. I found all the hides and was super proud of myself. Unfortunately, Mom found a hide that didn’t exist, and she had to call alert on it too. Our second “no” of the day, but that was all on her, not me.
Vehicles were the last element of the day. We had three to search in two and a half minutes. Off the start, I went right up to the front of the first vehicle. I sniffed around the license plate for a while, and Mom was not sure if it was something important or recreational sniffing.
Once I decided I had sniffed enough of the odor, I decided to tell her. It was the only hide out there, but we still had to check the other two vehicles before calling “finish”.
Mom and I love this shot of us, tandem smiling. You can see how much fun we were having together, working as a team. For my first try, and being only two years old, team pink is super happy! I found eight of the ten hides which is great! We place twenty three out of thirty five dogs, and there were only three titles that day. Both of us are excited to try it again the end of the month!
I’m thankful for the sport of nose work because I was born to sniff so, we’re joining Brian’s Home Blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop! Visit some other blogs to see what they are thankful for.