Daglingworth 4th August 2016

Level 1 Trial

001There were six runners at the Level 1 Trial held at Daglingworth Village Hall on Sunday 4th September 2016.

Our Judge for the event was Heather Donnelly and she arrived early so we could discuss how the trial should go as this was my first trial I was involved with as an organiser and was very nervous. As we had no scribe Pauline McGeoch who had come to watch, was persuaded to help us out which was very good of her.

All competitors and their trusted dogs arrived on time and the draw for the first of the 4 trials was drawn. The scented article for the Table and Chairs was hidden on the chairs. All the dogs found the scented article quite quickly and nobody alerted incorrectly.

The next test was the Vehicle search and the Scented Article was put on the nearside front wheel around the wheel nut. Again all dogs found the article quickly.

We then went back inside to do the Boxes and Luggage, this test proved a little more difficult for two of our competitors as we had two wrong alerts, however, there was good handling from Berit Aherne whose dog Safi was hovering over one of the cases and she could easily have called the alert but gave her dog the chance to search other items and found the correct case.

Our final search was back outside to do the other items. Again the dogs did very well and found the scented article which was in the dial on the water heater. We also had a first with our Deaf Dog Moss and Handler Bernadette finding the scent with the rest of the group giving her a big cheer on her way back – which could be heard even in the test area. What a great team spirit!

The Trial ended with 6 out of 6 qualifying, with the winner being Safi and Berit, hotly followed by Buster and Chris.

I would like to thank Heather Donnelly for her Judging and making everybody relaxed and also Pauline McGeoch for helping out at the last minute.