Cannock Wood 28/03/2024 Kate Wilkes 23 March 2024

Scentwork UK Trial Results

Cannock Wood 28/03/2024
Levels: Level 2 and Level 3
Judge/s: Kate Wilkes and Rebecca Jayne (L2) – Julie Bytheway and Helen Hepple (L3)
Contact for Trial Manager: countrycaninesdogtraining@gmail.com |

 

Trial Manager Report

Thank you to Team County Canines for helping to run another successful day of trailing at Cannock Wood. Ceris Wolfenden trial managed the L2 in the morning and Kate Wilkes was TM for the L3 in the afternoon.
A cold day with sunshine, hail, rail and lots of wind but lots of smiley competitors and friendly chatter on the car park. Thank you to all of our competitors for supporting us and for working with us through the running orders. There is always a bit of jiggling around with two judges but you all made it very easy for us.
Thanks to; Becky Jayne who was judging for the first time (L2) and stopped to scribe for the afternoon session; to Helen Hepple and Julie Bytheway (L3 judges) and to our scribes Olga Foster and Ceris Wolfenden. Big thanks to Ceris for the cakes and biscuits too – someone referred to our trial as ‘Cannock Cakes’.
Always good to see lots of qualifiers at both levels and we hope to see you all again soon
Kate Wilkes

Trial Manager Report

L2
I had the pleasure of Trial Managing the L2 on Saturday 28th March. We had some interesting weather, a bit of rain, wind, sun and hail thrown in for good measure.
We welcomed some new faces to our trials at Cannock Wood and it was lovely to meet you all. Thank you all for attending – we hope you had an enjoyable experience.
A huge thank you to our lovely judges, Kate and an especial thanks to our new judge Becky Jayne, we hope you will come and judge again.
Our final thanks to the Country Canines team, the trials run so well because we work together.

Judges Report

L2 Kate Wilkes
Boxes and Bags – the scent was placed on a very large thin box placed at the rear of the search area and on a large ski boot bag just in front of the start line. As expected most dogs shot over the top of the ski bag and most dogs didn’t search all four sides of the large box so missed the scent on the first pass. We had some very busy and fast dogs who bounced over the articles several times before finding the scent and a little more focus on individual articles and a slower pace may have resulted in a quicker find. The slower, steadier and more methodical dogs found the scent the quickest with Wendy and 9yr old Jim giving a very delicate nose-bump indication completing the task in 47seconds followed closely by Rita with Jackson on 48 seconds. What was really nice was was watching some very independent working by Cooper and Oakley handled by Patsi and Amanda who both staying behind the start line and sent their dogs in to do the task. Seven teams found both scents in very fast times (all less than 2 minutes) and all teams worked well together with no handling points lost for this search.
Exterior – The scents were placed on a small plastic grill cover and an upturned skate board. The weather was the hardest part of this search. It was very windy, we started the search in sunshine followed by rain and hail and ended in sunshine – so a real mixed bag for our teams to work in. Fortunately our Exterior area has a cover so the articles remained dry throughout. The wind made focus hard for some dogs but eight teams found both scents. Sheila decided to work Floss off lead for this search and Floss proved that she could work independently by completing the task in 20seconds (first find quickest of the day in 8seconds) – well done Floss we hardly had time to start and stop the stopwatch!
Overall teamwork and handling was excellent today and all of these teams would be more than capable of competing in L3. Sometimes steady is better than fast pace, catching the scent on the first pass and a good indication gave Wendy with Jim, and Margaret with Gwyl the edge and their well deserved 1st and 2nd places today. Well done and well deserved Qualifiers for you all.

Judges Report

L2 Becky Jayne
It was an easy yes when Julie & Kate approached me to see if I wanted to give them a hand and co judge the level 2 at Cannock Wood on the 23rd March.
I’ve trialled here as a competitor before and have always enjoyed the friendly feel of both the team and the place.
I wanted to make the test a little more challenging than level 1 while not making it so difficult as to alienate the more inexperienced teams… the weather was doing a good enough job of that for us! We had every type of precipitation imaginable along with some glorious sunshine at times. The wind was the main factor to take into consideration when placing the scent out for the exterior searches.
Vehicle/ wall Search: we decided to use two cars and a section of wall for this portion of the trial. The first one was placed in a little alcove in the wall about halfway along and 5 bricks up. The wind must have made a little swirl of scent in there but most teams managed to locate the source after a second sweep. The second scent was placed just in front of the right hand side wheel arch at the front of the first vehicle. The dogs picked up the scent from the left side of the car with the wind blowing the odour under the car. Most contorted themselves to track it all the way across the front underside of the vehicle and were bang on target. Fastest 3 teams to find both were Whirlwinds Wendy & Jim in just 51 seconds… Amanda and Oakley with what began as a wild search Amanda did well to help Oakley focus on the task in hand in 71 seconds and also a beautiful and very methodical search by Margaret and Gwyl in 73 seconds. Fabulous teamwork.
Tables, Chairs and Perimeter Items: we split the room in half and placed 8 tea pots around the perimeter. The target odour was placed in the long spout of the one furthest away on the left hand side of the room next to three small steps. A lot of dogs showed a great deal of interest to the step area which unfortunately made the human element of the team retask them further away. Had they let their companions explore the area a little bit more, there would have been more qualifiers for this part of the search.
The chair hide was the hide of the day that I thought was a little bit more challenging. (Blame Harry Latusek for this one) We set up the 8 chairs around two long tables placed in a square in the middle of the room. I placed this one on the bottom of the chair leg furthest away on the right hand side of the tables. Most of the teams managed to find this one after a while of searching. The handlers telling their dogs that the floor around the chair was nothing interesting when we knew it really was very interesting for them. Only 4 teams found both of these. Fastest of those 4 were Margaret & Gwyl with yet another beautifully methodical search in 62 seconds, Wendy & Jim in 68 seconds. Such a beautiful relationship between those two. Rita & Jackson were a joy to watch and cleared both in just 95 seconds.
A special mention to Anna & Whisper who came 3rd place overall with a couple of Excellent demonstrations of teamwork.
I think the most important take home from the trial was … and we hear it all the time… trust your dog. All in all. Everyone worked hard and well as a team. It was interesting to see the different types of relationships you all have with your companions. You should be incredibly proud of them whether you qualified or not. They didn’t stop sniffing, some right to the end of the 5 minutes allowed.
Well done to you all and I hope to see you again at another trial soon

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