Nelson had his first try at an Odor Recognition Test, ORT, on Sunday night. NACSW Nose Work requires a dog to pass test for birch, anise, and clove before they can compete in NACSW Trials. A dog also has to be six months old to enter an ORT, and a year old to enter a trial. This ORT was held by The K9 Nose and went really well.
Riding in the car is something Nelson loves, and he is always trying to figure out where he is going. Mom loves seeing his little face looking forward, wondering what adventure will be next.
At the AKC Scent Work Trial in July, Nelson bombed out in containers. He smashed boxes, didn’t tell Mom where the odor was, it was really bad. Since that trial, Mom and Nelson have practiced boxes almost daily to learn not to smash them and to find odor and alert on that odor box. He has been doing well at home, so the ORT was a real test of their training. Here is the little guy sitting outside by the practice boxes. Can you tell it was hot and humid out?
Birch was first and it didn’t go well. Mom was thrilled he didn’t smash boxes, but he also didn’t alert on any boxes. Finally he kind of picked one but it wasn’t the odor box, so birch fail! He seemed to get the hang of the game after that and he passed anise and clove with no problem and worked the boxes like a pro! Since he needs to pass all three odors to compete, he will need to enter another Odor Recognition Test to pass birch, but there is time for that. We are super proud of him, and the team hosting the ORT did a great job too! Mom is super thankful he passed two of the three.
Out of the five of us that have done nose work, Emma is the only dog who passed every odor on her first try at an ORT. She was also the only adult dog to try, being seven years old. The rest of us have been young pups so missing one is not a big deal.
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