UPDATE FROM ADOPTER:
This past weekend, Sora (formerly Crimson from
Animal Ark and Red Lake Rosie's Rescue) and I went to Burlington, Wisconsin, to participate in her, and my,
first National Association of Canine Scent Work trial.
Nosework is a
fairly new dog sport based on detection dog training, where dogs search in 4
elements: containers, interiors (inside a room for example), exteriors
(outdoors), and vehicles (on the outside of cars) for a specific odor (one of 3
essential oils, birch, anise or clove).
At NW1 level the searches are only for
Birch. In order to participate in an NW1 trial, they must pass an Odor
Recognition Test on the specific odor for their level; Sora passed her ORT, in
February of this year.
I enrolled Sora in Nosework to help build her
confidence, and is has been an amazing benefit for her. Through all the new
things she had to deal with this weekend, she was able to accommodate them and
overcome her worry; Nosework has a profound and positive effect on anxious or
This was Sora's first big trip, first time away from home alone with mom, and
first trial. We have been training for a year and a half, she started on
odor last summer. As this was her first trial, I did not expect her to do
well with all the things that were new to her this weekend.
proud and pleased to report that my not-so-little 'Rez dog', qualified in all 4
elements and got her NW1 title in her first trial! Not only that, she was
3rd fastest on vehicles!
Thanks from the bottom of my heart for this sweet and special dog. I
couldn't be prouder of her.
G~ and Sora