Toka, understandably, does not like working in the heat. I don’t either! I ended up running the car to have the air condition on, despite having a reflective tarp over the car, as well as cooling beds for the dogs & fans blowing.
His first search was containers. The white boxes used for Odor Recognition Tests were set up along part of a basketball court, with 13 boxes in a semi-circle & 4 boxes at the corners of a square.
Toka was hot & miserable, but searched the boxes in the semi-circle. We then made it around the square, where he alerted on the last of the 17 containers. Good boy! You got it.
The hide was on a bench of a picnic table set. Toka walked under the table to get to the bench & clearly indicated the hide.
We then waited till after lunch for Part Deux of the day. By that time I was running the car & the air conditioning so we were all cool.
Search #3 was interiors – we were in Mrs. Henning’s classroom (Toka sniffed the banner announcing this). There were desks arranged along the outside of the room & a kiddie table & chairs in the middle. Toka checked the table first, then veered outside the search area boundaries to catch odor, & track it to a small chair.
Last, vehicles. There were 2 cars parked parallel to one another, and a third parked perpendicular. Based on the slight hill & the way the wind was blowing, I thought it would be on the perpendicularly located car. We looped around the first car, & then he bypassed the 2nd car & headed to the car I suspected held the hide. Nailed in in 25 seconds!
His pack-mate Kiyo also had an excellent weekend.
I’d entered Kiyo in the vehicle elements trial on a lark, and fortunately we got into the morning session for today. Element trials focus on one of the 4 elements required to title at each level — vehicles, exteriors, interiors & containers. Today was exclusively vehicles.There were 34 other teams competing, and we were split into two groups. There were 4 searches.
Our first two searches were back to back. The first was 2 cars perpendicular to each other. Kiyo strolled around one car, then made a B-line for the license plate. Alert! Love hearing the ‘yes!’ that comes with a successful search.
From there we went directly to a small SUV with a trailer next to it. The SUV was the search vehicle, the trailer was there as a distraction. 1 minute timeframe for this one. She walked up to the car, sniffed around the tire, & started biting the hubcap. Correct again! She’s so smart!
We then went back to our car, & waited for the next two searches. Weird weather today – it rained, it cleared up, it poured, it drizzled, then we had blazing sun until the cloud cover came back.
Searches 3 & 4 were equally successful. #3 was a horse trailer & pick up that had a van backed up perpendicular to it. Kiyo sniffed along the edge of the (smelly) horse trailer, then took a left along the van. She then went directly to the correct wheel & alerted.
The last search was a small tractor with a blade in front & a bucket in back & a lawn mower. They were parked quite close to a wall, & the breeze was clearly blowing odor towards the wall. This was a threshold search — which mean the hide (container holding the single scented Q-tip) was on the far right front part of the blade. Little Missy sniffed the wall for a second or two. I touched her to remind her ‘check the tractor.’ She turned & alerted. Since she couldn’t bite the blade at the ground, she placed her foot on it.
GOOOD DOGS! I’m so fortunate to have such talented pups!