My first Elite Nose Work Trial is in the books. We took a road trip to Smithton, Pennsylvania for Madison’s NW3 Trial and my Elite Trial last weekend. It took place at the Public Safety Training Center. Mom is looking for interesting trial locations and this sounded like loads of fun. It seems most trials are at schools or fairgrounds and it gets to be a bit boring. It was cold and rained most of the day, so the photos are not very bright.
The Elite Trial had four searches. In Elite, searches are longer than in the other levels and there are twice as many hides usually. My trial had twenty hides, I found sixteen. Each search has a time limit, and either they tell you the number of hide you are looking for, or they give you a range. Mom was super worried at first, but then she remembered how good I am and she relaxed. Even though we missed more than we wanted to, it was a blast and I worked really hard.
The most difficult search for us where we missed two hides was in the breach building behind me in the photo. We had an unknown number of hides, and six minutes to search the outside area, a few rooms and the garage full of stuff. I worked the entire time, but we still came up short. Mom says with practice it will become easier for both of us, but the main thing is that we had such a good time.
My final search was four fire engines. I missed one of the hides. We thought it would be the easiest of all the searches, but in the end, it was pretty tough for Team Orange. Both of us were running out of steam, and it took me a long time to find even the third hide and we didn’t get the fourth. Still, it was super fun searching old fire trucks! Madison had a fire truck search in her trial and she passed it no problem.
I have my next Elite Nose Work Trial Easter weekend. Mom and I are excited to see how it goes. I earned eighty points last weekend. Elite is all about the points. Next time we want to have more than eighty but as long as we have fun, it isn’t all that important of a goal. I’m thankful to get a spot in the fun Elite Trials we are entering!
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