Pretty ribbons is something we are getting used to when Olivia goes to nose work trials. This past weekend Olivia and I were at nose work element trials. It was a lot of fun despite being really hot weather. The trials were held at a church school. Both of us each got to do a search in a real sanctuary which is something most dogs never get to do! Of course, there were classrooms, hallways, and the gymnasium as well.
Friday morning started with me being dog in white for the Level 1 Interior Trial. With my freshly groomed furs, I was shiny white for my job! In case you don’t know, the dog in white is the test dog. I got to run all four searches to make sure they were set up so dogs could find the hides the way the certifying official intended. It was fun and I found all the hides. Three searches were in classrooms and one was in a locker room. Mom says I did a great job and she is super proud of me.
Olivia had her Level 2 Interior Trial in the afternoon. She had four searches with a total of eight hides. In Element Trials, the time limits are shorter which makes them easier for fast dogs like Olivia, but harder for slower dogs like me. Olivia did an amazing job finding all eight hides and she earned her L2I Title.
Mom felt they were pretty slow on a couple of the searches, so when the results were posted she was totally surprised! Olivia placed first! It is especially exciting because she not only placed first, but she was 34 seconds faster than the second place dog and she beat several very experienced dogs by even more time. Titles are the goal, but when she can be so speedy and title, it is really fun! She also earned first place in her Level 1 Exterior Trial back in May.
Getting the title and first place made Mom so happy, we stopped at the bakery to get some special treats to celebrate. It’s really not a bad thing to have a successful sister!
Deciding what to have for a treat is so hard. In the end, Olivia decided on Woofie Pies. Of course, we always get three and Bailie definitely deserves one even though she was at home all day. The problem with the things we get at the bakery is they are way too yummy. The Woofie Pies were eaten in mere seconds. Very tasty treats for sure!
Saturday morning Olivia had her Level 1 Container Trial. She had four searches, each with one hide. She rocked three of the four searches but the one with the boxes on chairs presented a team challenge. Olivia went right to it, but Mom didn’t call it. It took them a long time to get back to it and actually call it. But, the title is what matters most, not the time and Olivia adds L1C to her list of titles.
My turn came again in the afternoon with Level 2 Containers. I found all eight hides in four searches. Can you see Mom and I are having fun? Unfortunately, Mom and I had communication issues as we did the week before. I found the box on the chair but didn’t properly let her know and she didn’t call it because she was unsure. The plan was to go back and call it, but we ran out of time. Still, I earned a leg towards my title which is great. Now we need to find another trial. I did have one fast search where I placed sixth. (photo from Caprise Adams)
The pretty ribbons all belong to Olivia, but she deserves them. Olivia is a true nose work lover, and she is very good at her job. We have no doubt she will continue to rock the sniffing world as she gets more and more experience under her furs and more trials to enter. All in all, we had a near perfect weekend with friends, sniffing, and lots of successes!
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