Olivia completed her Odor Recognition Test Title on Saturday. I was along again to be her cheerleader and I think it helps. When Emma, Bailie, and I completed our tests, it wasn’t called a title, but now it is. Times change I guess.
You may remember she took all three tests, birch, anise, and clove two weeks ago, but she failed on clove. Everyone says it is a miss, not a fail, but Mom calls it like it is, a fail. Saturday Olivia, team orange, got to give clove another try, and it was a pass.
In case you are not familiar with NACSW Nose Work, these white boxes are what are used in the ORT (odor recognition test) testing. The tests consist of twelve boxes like these white ones. They are arranged in two rows of six with a minimum of four feet from box edge to box edge. Eleven boxes are empty, one has the odor in it (the hot box). Each dog has three minutes to find and alert on the box with the odor. It sounds easy, but trust me, once the human gets involved with nerves, it can become challenging. You only have one chance, so if you hear a “no”, then you are done. We dogs recognize these boxes and always sniff them just in case there might be odor.
Olivia had some trial practice similar to an ORT in Sioux Falls with her container searches. Since we don’t have photos of her ORT, we thought we would add this one from last month at the trial where she passed both her searches. Photo credit is to Tracy Pollard.
What’s next? Dogs have to be at least a year old to enter a NACSW trial. Olivia is hoping to get into some trials this spring after she turns one on March. 25th. Now that she has completed all her ORT tests, the sky is the limit for her. In the meantime, she will be working on barn hunt and tracking.
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