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Great Trial Weekend

So proud of both of my “kids” for doing so well this weekend.  They spent 3 nights and 4 days cooped up in a kennel in the car or a small hotel room.  When we got home last night they burst into the house, running and jumping all over each other so happy to be home and free to move.  This is the first time we have done 3 days at a scent trial.  By noon on Sunday I had run out of steam and had no energy left.  I’m afraid I was the weak link again.

Brodie was great in containers.  We received a perfect score….which I don’t think I have ever gotten from Judge Jean-Marc and we got 2nd place.  I love trialing under him because he always challenges and tests the teams and I learn so much to help us improve as we move forward.  We started out great in our Interior search.  Brodie found the hide in the first room and I was ready to call finish and then second guessed myself and decided to check one more area again.  Brodie pawed at the rug and I quickly called alert just as my head was saying “NOOOOOOO” that wasn’t his normal alert behaviour.  We NQ’d.  We still had Exteriors to do.  Since we no longer had a chance to title,  I decided to try running Brodie without going for an extra pee break to see if I could successfully interrupt his marking behaviour.  Exteriors are particularly  challenging for an intact male that is obsessed with marking.  This search area was even more challenging because there was so much pee-mail already there.  He found the one hide and as we were just finishing up the last few feet of the search area, he marked.  It was so fast that I didn’t even have a chance to yell NO.  A very valuable experiment.  I am really going to have to work on teaching him the difference between peeing on a walk and not peeing when wearing his search collar.  I’ve got my work cut out for me that’s for sure.

Spirit had a great container run and finished in 3rd place.  Unfortunately we NQ’d in interiors because she alerted too far away from the source.  It was a tough call because of the drafts and the pooling of odour.  Most dogs indicated in the exact same place as Spirit did.  Even the judges expressed some regret about the hide placement but once they had NQ’d the first team they had to be consistent and NQ everyone else.  If we had approached the hide from the opposite direction, she would have alerted at the source first before encountering the pooled odour.   We had the same problem in Exteriors, she alerted at the top of the post and not the base.  Ironically, one of the articles in the exterior search area was the same shoe from previous day that so many dogs false alerted on, and ironically Spirit hit on it again.  There is something about that shoe that fooled so many teams.   Very odd.

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Cowichan Valley K9 Noseworks Trial

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On the weekend we participated in the Cowichan Valley K9 Noseworks scent trial on Vancouver Island.  Brodie had a great day on Saturday,  He qualified in both Excellent Amateur Interiors (2nd place) and Containers.  With those 2 qualifiers he earned his Excellent title.

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Spirit struggled a bit but she qualified in Advanced Working containers with a 2nd place.  We were really thrilled to learn that we were chosen as the Judge’s favourite team.

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Sunday was complete opposite of Saturday.  Spirit qualified in all 3 components and earned another Advanced Working Title.  She also got a first place in containers and once again we were chosen as the Judge’s favourite team (different Judge).

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Brodie didn’t qualify in any of his runs.  Our exterior search was particularly interesting.  He was so focused on whatever scents were in the environment that he completely ignored me for the entire 5 minutes before we timed out and were disqualified.  The Judge and her assistants were in tears from laughing so hard watching me trying to get Brodie to engage with me.  I had a good giggle when I was given my score sheets and saw the Judge’s comments……

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Thank you to CWV9 for hosting a wonderful.  A big thank you to Judges Jane Book and Kathy Hansen and all the wonderful volunteers.

 

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