I had my first Nose Work 3 Trial last Saturday and it was a big success for Team Orange. No, there are no pretty ribbons but I accomplished something no one else in the family has achieved. My number was seventeen which is the same as being number one. They split the thirty four dogs into two groups, each group searching simultaneously. Seventeen was the first dog in the second group. Mom and I like to be first!
It was a warm day, and Madison was along to be my cheerleader. She really is a good sport. If it was me, I would scream and carry on if I didn’t get to play too. Mom has done around thirty Nose Work 3 trials and has never gotten a title. The rules have changed over the years and now you can earn a leg if you make only one mistake. Had this always been the case, Emma and Madison would each have two legs which would be one NW3 Title for each of them.
I’m really a good sniffer and Mom says I make the game so much easier than my sisters. She set a goal of a title or a leg for our first time out at this level. She purposely used more time than needed just to be sure we didn’t miss anything. At this level there are four elements: interiors, exteriors, vehicles, and containers. Altogether there are six searches which means some elements can happen twice, or one three times. Each search has an unknown number of hides between zero and three and a time limit. For me it is simply fun, for humans it is a mental challenge.
I started my day searching the rabbit building. Mom felt good about the search, but we missed one hide. Next I did a big exterior area full of stuff and found nothing. From there I searched some vehicles and found one hide, the interior space also had one hide. In containers I found two hides and exteriors was a mess. The area next to the hide had sand burrs and I didn’t want to go in that area. After several dogs had issues it was deemed unsafe and we all got a pass. It was a lucky day!
Here I am with all my results. Having missed just one hide, I earned the first leg ever in the family and it was my first Nose Work 3 Trial! Since Mom purposely was slow, I placed thirteenth overall out of thirty four dogs. Only two dogs found all the hides. Twelve dogs earned a leg. Mom and I are super happy that we had such a great time and now just need one more leg for a title! I see myself going far in this sport, now I just need more trials to compete in! I’m thankful I get to do my sports and I’m fairly good at them too! Hopefully there will be some photos of me searching I can share down the road.
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