Sniffover 2020 is now history, but boy did I have a Grand day! Last year I was still a young pup, so I had to stay home with a sitter while my sisters and Mom went up north. This year it was all different because of the pandemic, just a day camp, and Mom decided to only have me participate. The Sniffover was held at Camp Ihduhapi, about an hour from our house.
It is a nice kids camp on a big lake. The best thing is that there are tons of places for us dogs to search and learn more about sniffing. Madison was along for the ride only, but still took time to pose by the camp map for us.
It was a full, nine hour day divided into three sessions. I was in the yellow group with my mom as you can see on my lanyard. I was waiting to go on my first search which was really four searches in a row. I had to clear the stairs up to the entrance, the deck area, as well as inside the building upstairs and then downstairs.
Can you tell I am getting impatient. I hate waiting to work because I love it so much. My searching was top notch, especially for my age. I found all the hides without any help from my mom which is real nice. Even our instructor was very impressed with my technique for the level I am actually working at.
In my second session I had to clear a large area on pavement and grass with like a million picnic tables…well, okay, maybe just eight or ten. We did not know how many hides there were, but I got right to work, found three, Mom said finished and we passed perfectly! The second part was inside a large room with four hides. I didn’t know how many in there either, but I found them all. It was a lot of fun and I did great! The third session was some tough stuff, but with some hard work and perseverance, I managed to get through that session as well. It’s all about trying new things in a new environment and getting tips from other instructors.
Getting a working spot at camp is something I am really thankful for. I worked my big nose off and crashed in bed Sunday night. Monday I was still tired out and did a lot of snoozing. Sniffover 2020 is in the books now, but I’m looking forward to next year. Maybe we will even be able to go up north again! For now, I hope I will do really well in all my upcoming nose and scent work trials.
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