Today we are sharing some shots of Olivia’s first nose work trial in Brainerd earlier this month. The photos are from the fabulous Caprise Adams, and the video is from Wyatt Lees. We did purchase these for our own personal use. It’s always fun to be able to get photos from our trials, but most of the time, there is no photographer. Hope you enjoy watching Olivia in action.
Olivia started her day with the exterior search. There is one hide, and the odor is birch. Searches are times, and there is a time limit. The time starts with the dog’s nose crosses the start line. Mom is good about always stopping prior to the start line to get us focused on the task we have to accomplish.
As almost always is the case, Olivia started off heading for the out of bounds area. She is sniffing, but we are not sure what she is sniffing.
Mom called her back and she got to work heading towards the blue bench in the middle of the search area.
Olivia loves to get her nose right on the odor, and sometimes she will also paw at it or try to bite it. She is funny as she can twist her body like a pretzel to get at the odor.
Once she determines it is the spot, she lets Mom know and then come the treats.
The second search of the day was interiors. Mom and Olivia headed right to that search from their exterior search. Once again, there was one birch hide, and a three minute time limit. We chose this video to show you as it is probably the best search of Olivia’s day. She found the hide in twenty nine seconds which gave her the seventh fastest time out of thirty dogs. Note how she twists herself up again to get her nose right on the hide.
Containers is boring to watch at the novice level as it is just two rows of boxes, and it is also where Team Orange messed up, so we will skip that for this trial.
Vehicles was the final search of the day. This search was a near disaster as Olivia found the hide fairly quickly, but because of food fragments on the ground, she never bothered to tell Mom the hide was there. They walked around for over two minutes before Olivia finally told Mom where the hide was.
We have all learned from Mom not to go back to a hide we already found, but sometimes that is a problem because Olivia felt like she had already found the one and only hide! She just kept searching.
Both of them were getting frustrated. Mom felt like they hadn’t found the hide, and Olivia was wondering why Mom was making her search after she had already found the hide.
Yes, it is true, the hide is on the license plate! Mom called “alert”, and Olivia waited patiently for the “yes”.
And it was finally treat time! They were super happy to at least end on a good note. Olivia is young, and three out of four isn’t bad. Now they have to find another trial to enter so they can give it another try.
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