After so much training for nose work, I knew I was ready for the big nose work 1 (NW1) trial yesterday. Mom had some questions about my work with containers, but that was silly because I have my super sniffer.
Yesterday after Mom fed me, she made me get into the jail in her car so we could head up to Citrus Heights for the NW1 trial. When we got to the trial site, it was a church and Catholic school. Mom got a great parking spot with some chickens on the other side of the fence. It was cool and foggy which is the perfect weather compromise (I prefer snow, and Mom prefers cool but sunny).
Mom got me out to stretch my legs, and she was watching me sniff. I was thinking I had found the perfect place to post something, but Mom told me I wasn’t allowed to post or send pee-mail on a cross. She said that was disrespectful, so I didn’t post there.
After what seemed like forever, I got to go check out the exterior search. It was super easy. I crossed the line, sniffed the bench, and within 15 seconds, I had showed Mom where they hid the odor. That was easy peasy! Next we went to check the vehicles. There were three of them, and Mom said the wind was swirling which meant the odor could be confusing and harder to source. I checked the first car, and there was nothing. I went to the second car, and I could definitely smell the odor, but I couldn’t quite pinpoint it, so I took Mom to the third car. I went to the farthest side, and it wasn’t there, so I went to the side closest the the middle car, and sure enough, it was there, so Mom called it, and we were 2/2. It took me a little over a minute to find it, but we had three minutes, so I was speedy enough.
We waited around for a L-O-N-G time before it was time for me to go sniff again. My next search was in a classroom. I love classrooms. They always smell like food. I hate for Mom to get too confident, and I knew the classroom would be something I could do off-leash, so as soon as I started, I sauntered in, then ran across the room to the *opposite* side from the odor and then decided I should check out a basket with stuff in it. I could tell Mom thought that maybe I was working on some odor, and I didn’t think she’d call it, but just in case, I decided I should move along to the actual odor. I went back near where I started and showed Mom, and in under 90 seconds, we were 3/3.
Last were the containers that Mom hates. There were three rows of them! We went in, and I didn’t want Mom to be stressed, so I went up and a row, then skipped a row and went to the third row and showed Mom. That took 24 seconds, and we had done it! We were 4/4 which meant I got my NW1 title. I did all four searches in a total of three minutes. That’s pretty fast!
Mom was really excited, and I was, too, because I knew that meant I could keep using my super sniffer and getting to compete and now work to get ready for NW2. She says it will take some time to be ready, but I did get to bring home a big ribbon, and I know my favorite nose work teacher, Barb, was proud of me. She even posed for pictures with me!
Mom says if it weren’t for Barb, we’d never have been able to get our NW1 title because she’s the one who taught Mom what to do. I guess that’s true. I am pretty sure *I* could have gotten the title, but you are required to take a human with you, so Mom did have to learn what to do. So thank you, Barb, for training my Mom! I know she’s not as good at this as I am, but I think she’s getting the hang of it.