I entered Gimme in novice vehicles and advanced exterior, container and interior. In UKC the goal at novice is for the dog to demonstrate they can find odor in a strange location, without known distractions. At advanced level, greater skill is required, without known distractions.
Saturday Novice Vehicles
There was 1 hide and we had 3 minutes for an on-leash search of the front bumper of three cars. Gimme did a great job. She left the start line and dashed with the breeze in her face along the front of the three cars, as if she was headed toward the field beyond. She just passed the hide by less than 2 feet, then pivoted back and detailed until she indicated the hide behind the license plate. Gimme completed her search in 9.9 seconds, getting First Place and High in Trial. This completes her Novice Vehicle title (NV) and as the last element she needed also completes her Novice Nosework title (NN) - her 46th and 47th titles!
Saturday Advanced Exterior
This search area was about 3 times as large as what we'd had in Novice. It was again 1 hide with 3 minutes, and on leash. The search area wasn't very complicated. Gimme entered the area, trotting right up the sidewalk before curving left into a grassy area. She sniffed just one thing before finding an interesting smell in the grass. I had the sense she was checking pee-mail, so I said, "don't even think about it" and she immediately left it. She moved about three feet to where there was a black bin (the kind with the interleaving top). She checked along the rim, down one side, back along the rim, inside, then settled on the nearest edge, indicating on the handle. She finished this search in 23.3 seconds for Fourth Place, earning her first advanced exterior leg.
It occurred to me UKC might allow me to take a photograph of the search area, since they allow you to have someone video your run, and they did.
Sunday Advanced Interiors
This search was 1 hide, 3:30 and could be done on or off leash. It didn't seem like a complicated area and it proved to be simple for Gimme. She dashed in and through the area as she always does, then swung over the side and ended up detailing on a little bookshelf... I was almost ready to call it, when she moved over and alerted under the table.
It was kinda funny, since she alerted from the far side and had to do the same thing she'd done in class a couple weeks earlier to make sure I'd seen her. The judge commented on it. Gimme did this search in 13.5 seconds, getting First Place and High in Trial, earning her first advanced interior leg.
Sunday Advanced Containers
Although the rules say it will be one line of 12 containers, this was two lines of 6 containers. Gimme dashed wide to the right of the right line, then started to slow down as she rounded the end. She checked each box in the left line without breaking stride, rounded the start end and came up the left line. She stuttered at the fourth box and then whipped back before getting to the next box. I called alert as fast as I could, the moment I knew she knew, but she still got in one good smash of the box. I fully expected to get a fault, but didn't. Gimme did this search in 13.5 seconds as well, earning her first advanced container leg. The first place dog completed the search in 3.5 seconds - I'm thinking she didn't take a scenic route; Gimme was 8th by time.
It was a good weekend. Here's Gimme with all her knew ribbons. She says she works hard for about 30 seconds a day, so why does she only get a bunch of dopey ribbons...
Ahhhhh - much better!