It’s a leg for me! What am I talking about? Why nose work, of course. I’m now at the NW3 level and if you are perfect all day with just one mistake, you don’t get a title, but you get a leg. Two legs, and you have a title. An NW3 consists of six searches during the day, containers, vehicles, interiors, and exteriors, two of those elements have two searches to make the six.
My day was awesome. A lot of my friends had received no’s but Mom and I felt like we were perfect…until…the last search of the day. The HERO Training Center is a business, so people are training there while we are trialing. The final exterior search of the day was an exterior next to the shooting range, which was indoors. I found two hides and was going to work in a third when the shooting started. It was scary loud. Even Mom was surprised at first. I tried a few times to work on that last puzzle, but every time I got started, the gunfire started again. Our day was still perfect, just missing one hide.
Mom and I were disappointed but we did our best. There were twelve hides to find, only two teams found all of them with no mistakes. We placed 10th out of thirty eight teams which we are proud of. I am only twenty two months old and most dogs at this level are at least three if not older. Olivia did her first NW3 trial at twenty six months and earned a leg on that try. I’m a youngster, and I have a lot to learn, but I am good at my job, that is for sure.
Because we are a pretty new team, Mom keeps me searching way too long. Over the winter we will work on our sniffing and she promises to call finished a lot earlier in my searches. The above video is a prime example. I needed, at most half the time she gave me but Mom was not sure I had covered all the desks and chairs well enough. There are zero to three hides in each search, this one only had two and I found them both pretty fast! For a good laugh, listen to the video at 2:44-2:48. For some reason, I let out a really loud burp. I never burp, but I sure did and it is on the video. It gave everyone a good laugh.
Even though I didn’t get a title, I did earn my first two element titles, Interiors, and Exteriors. Team Lime Green may surprise a lot of people, and pups. Mom says I may give Olivia a run for her money soon. I am not a whirlwind like she is, but I am pretty quick and methodical.
Back at home I was completely worn out. It is a lot of work for my brain to find all those hides and to focus all day long. I curled up with a Furballz on my favorite chair while waiting for my dinner. We all turned in early after a fun but long day. I’m excited to see how things go in 2024. All of us are getting our goals together along with a plan to achieve them.
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