Sometimes nose work can be a real sheep show I found out on the weekend! We had three trials, and each of us was entered in one trial. The trials were all at the Faribault Ice Arena, which had no ice, and no air conditioning, but we did survive. Bailie was in the NW3, I was in the L1V, and Olivia finished off the weekend in an L1I.
The weather was not really ideal for nose work with temperatures in the mid nineties, and dew points in the seventies. We had our fans and covers for the car, but sitting in the full sun still was warm by the end of the day!
Bailie kicked off the weekend with her NW3 trial. It’s been almost a year since her last trial, so we all figured she would be thrilled and do well. We were all wrong. Bailie had the worst trial she has ever had. Her lack of interest in any sports is the problem Mom has with her. Mom has taken her out of nose work classes, and is going to work on motivational coaching. If things don’t improve, she will not be doing sports anymore as there is no point to it. No one knows why she is acting this way. She has two more trial weekends coming up, so we will see how those go. At least she looked nice next to our new car window shield cover!
Mom says I am a lot like Emma with nose work. I love the people and I love to search. Slow and steady, but thorough is my motto, and I take my searching very seriously. We figured I would earn my title no problem…until the sheep show happened! Right next to my second vehicle search area, the sheep show was setting up. There was loud banging, people talking and yelling, and sheep going baaaahhh. My fear thing returned and I was unable to search because I was afraid. I ended up passing three of my four searches, which gives me a leg towards my title. Mom was really sad the sheep show happened during my trial.
Olivia’s trial was last. She had four interior searches. Mom says she was amazing. She worked hard and pretty fast too, earning her L1I title, her first NACSW nose work title. Out of thirty five dogs, she placed sixteenth, finding all four hides in one minute, twenty three seconds. We are super proud of her, and she is proud of herself! She will go far in this sport if she keeps going as she is!
The overall weekend was a mixed bag, but a good weekend, and we all had fun, even Bailie who enjoyed the social aspect of the sport!
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