NOTE FROM ADOPTER:
After about a year in nosework classes, and transitioning to her first odor (sweet birch), in the fall, Sora passed her Odor Recognition Test, as sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scentwork.
This is her booklet where her ORT test and score is recorded.
This is a video of her mock ORT run on 1/27, which gives you an
idea of how it works. The gist: 12 identical boxes, one box has 3 q-tips,
Sora has to find that box, and tell me that she found it, and I have to tell the judge by saying Alert! when I think she's got it.
Sora is still in training, and hopefully come fall we will try an NW1 (nosework 1) trial. She really loves this 'game' she gets to play with that over-active nose of hers :). Though it would be a dream, there is an award for the best performing rescue dog at an NW1 trial, and maybe, just maybe, she'll get a Harry Award someday. :)