Nelson made his NW3 Nose Work debut at Camp Confidence in East Gull Lake last Saturday. He is very young to do a trial at this level. Heavens, he is only twenty months old! I was twenty six months old my first time. Mom wanted to give it a try to see if he is ready for it or not. Since the trial didn’t fill, I got to run as well, in a “just for fun” status. For me it is good practice for my Summit Trials that are coming up.
It is a beautiful site, right on East Gull Lake in Brainerd. Madison trialed here at an NW3 three years ago. I earned my NW3 Elite Title there two years ago. It can be a tricky place to trial because it is in the woods, with tons of critter smells, and even the indoor areas tend to be rustic with lots of good smells. The question Mom wanted answered was how Nelson would handle it all. He made friends with Linus waiting for his first search.
NW3 has six searches, the number of hides is 0-3, unknown which is the big challenge. This weekend there were two interior, two exterior, one container and one vehicle search. At this level, Mom and Nelson really need to be a team and this takes time to develop. To say it was an easy day would be way off. Team Lime Green used a lot of time to find the hides. Nelson is learning about how odor works and is developing a memory about the puzzles he works. Nose work is about talent, training, and experience. Mom says I was born with an exceptional talent, I’ve trained a lot and I have a lot of experience. Mom and I did all the searches in under nine minutes, Nelson used almost fourteen minutes. Our goals were practicing for Summit, so not like the other competitors at the trial.
In the end, Nelson, the youngest dog by at least one to two years, finished in ninth place overall! He found nine of the eleven hides but Mom said he actually found all eleven but he didn’t stay and tell her about the two he “missed”. She only calls hides he tells her about. He worked hard every second he was in a search, and he even solved the challenge hide which was elevated under the top bunk in a bunk bed.
Camp Confidence gave both Lime Green team members the confidence to do so well. The little fellow has a bright future and he will get faster the more experience he gets. Mom says she will enter him in NW3’s as they come up on the schedule. He crashed out completely on the ride home, and again really early Saturday night. His young brain was drained! Way to go, little bro!
It is Happy Tuesday, but we would like to express our sadness for the loss yesterday morning of a long time blogging friend and icon, Brian. Brian and his human dad were some of the first bloggers Emma found online and Mom met the human dad at BlogPaws back in 2011. Sadly, Brian lost his health battle and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. We can’t believe he is gone and we feel especially sad for his humans and kitty siblings. We can’t imagine his blog without him.
My GBGV Life is happy, so we’re joining Comedy Plus for Happy Tuesday!