Elton Peterborough | 22/6/2024 Justine Steele 22 June 2024

Scentwork UK Trial Results

Elton Peterborough | 22/6/2024
Levels: Level 6
Judge/s: Maz Jones | Justine Steele
Contact for Trial Manager: jus@JustDogs.org | 07956 488971

 

Trial Manager Report

Ideal weather here at Elton for both a level one trial in the morning and a level six in the afternoon. This morning it was wonderful to see so many budding relationships becoming more established and was great that most managed to qualify here at Elton. Huge thanks to my two brilliant judges Rebecca Jayne and Phillippa Lambert who looked after you and of course super scribes Kathryn and Helen whose energy was a delight. Lovely to see such a passion for Scentwork.
This afternoon, I had the good fortune in being responsible for the exterior search of a level six whilst Maz Jones looked after the interior searches. Massive thanks to Nikki who scribed for myself and uploaded results in situ and to judge Maz and scribe Sue for taking care of the interior searches.
Outside there were four hides made up from two gun oil, one truffle and one clove. The first gun oil was on the far left at the point on the wooden gate where most teams decided to start nearby and most teams were able to find this hide. A huge expanse of perimeter was then completely clear of any target odour until you got to the far end where there was another gun oil hide on the old wooden bench. Added into the search area were a pile of boxes (thank you for nobody moaning about the fact we had all celebrated leaving boxes behind in tier one!) and also a car in which the front two doors were left open. There was a truffle hide on the side of the drivers seat and clove on the left-hand side of the rear bumper that made up the fourth and final hide for this area.
As highlighted in the debrief at the end of the day, altho sometimes tricky we should try remember that our dogs are the experts and that maybe a deduction for entering a vehicle or similar may be preferable to not finding a hide. It is so important that our dogs have the confidence and drive to want to search for a target odour thus ignoring so many other lovely smells that may be invisible to us but very noticeable and enticing to our furry friends. A minimal deduction could bring your score down a tad but will not ruin your dogs day, perhaps the opposite, by allowing them to work to source and figure out where that target odour is.
Was a pleasure as always to watch all teams work in so many different ways. Thanks for supporting this trial at Elton, I hope you all had a lovely day and have gotten home safely.
Top four qualifying and grabbing the silk today on this L6 are 1st: Catherine and Georgy, 2nd: Jane and Tess, 3rd: Rebecca and Freddy and 4th: Rachael and Esme. Congratulations whether you qualified or not, your dogs are amazing, good luck and happy sniffs for the future..
Justine

Judges Report

Thank you to Justine who invited me to come along and judge the Level 6 in the afternoon. It was a lovely day for sniffing.
I had the pleasure of setting and judging the interior 1 and interior 2.
Interior 1 was set in the main hall. With 5 hides. Radiator pipe, wine box, small table, trolley, and the laying down ladder.
It was the laying down ladder which was the most missed hide. There was a ladder on its side next to it, and a lot of time was spent really searching the ladder on its side, and missing the top of the ladder laying down.
Interior 2 was set in the back room. All items in the room were in play.
3 scents were hidden in this area.
Green rolled up matting, hidden In the strap. Bottom foot of a stack of chairs, filing cabinet door crease. Great searches in this room, just need to be aware of not getting in the dogs way in a smaller area.
I would like to congratulate everyone on taking part in this trial. It’s not always about the win. I saw less confident dogs come in and grow in confidence during a search, I gave people some tips that they hadn’t thought of, and used that in the second search, and it helped. So learning all the time is what it’s about.
Thanks to Freddy for slobbering all over my legs every time he passed me.
And a final well done to Esme for becoming my friend.
A true pleasure to have judged for you.
Maz

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