Fri 27 Dec 2019, Burntwood

Levels 1 & 2: Judges - Level 1 Sue Taylor & Ellen Ward Linley,
level 2 Sue Taylor & Chris Bennett
T&C - A/FT&C - HT&C - TES - A/FES - HES - TVS - A/FVS - HVS - TB&L - A/FB&L - HB&L - TMarksTime
A/F = Alert FindH = HandlingT = Time (seconds)
Tables & ChairsExterior SearchVehicle SearchBoxes & LuggageTotals
Level 2

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Judging level 2 was great fun, congratulations to Kate and Tali and Julie and Jess who were only separated by a few seconds for 1st place. Some lovely handling skills and great enthusiasm from the dogs. Watching Loki and Michelle was a treat and Rachel and Chip were very quick on the Table and Chairs as were Helen and Marcus on the Boxes. Sue and Millie put in some steady thorough searches and had a really solid indication. well done everyone.

This was my first trial so i would like to thanks Sue and Ellen, Eileen and Sabine for judging and scribing and to Betty who offered to do the scoreboard. All the competitors were friendly and happy to keep out of the way of reactive dogs, which was lovely. congratulations to everyone who qualified, and there were only three that didn’t! Lessons learned was to ensure people kept the doorway clear and to make sure everyone parks at the bottom of the carpark. Thank you all for coming.

It is always a privilege to be asked to judge; to be allowed to watch so many teams come before you and work incredibly hard is a fantastic opportunity.

I am very grateful to Chris Bennett for asking me to judge level 1 at Burntwood, and to Sue Taylor my fellow judge, and Eileen who scribed for me.
Sue and I split the searches and I started outside with the External search then followed on with Boxes and Luggage.

Outside I have to comment on Penny and Chance who were exceptionally quick at 5 seconds; Natalie and Jensen did some beautiful off lead work (inside too) which was very calm and relaxed, but focused; Iris and Eck, Dawn and Floss, Sue with Delphi and Jo and Kodi all also impressed me with how calm and relaxed their teamwork was.

The external searches are never easy – we’re compensating for wind, coping with environmental smells (no matter how clean the immediate search area is), vehicle noises, etc. and at our first trial or two it can feel as though our dog is never going to concentrate on the search, but with patience and practice most do. I was very impressed at how many dogs managed to indicate on the correct item despite initially appearing to be disinterested in the search, and how many handlers managed to refocus their dogs.

Boxes and luggage is a bit of a Marmite search – most people seem to love it or hate it, and today was no exception. Despite most people finding the external item, a large number struggled with this search. Three teams really stood out to me in this search and that was Allan with Major, Allan with Jed and Mark with Firefly and that was because all three took on board what I had said after their external searches and adjusted their handling accordingly. This is not always easy to do mid-competition when our nerves are racing, so well done all of you. I was fascinated at the number of handlers who all talked their dog into indicating on the same wrong item – most of us have done this at some point in time, and I know I’ve been guilty of it, but there must have been something special about that one box that so many felt their dog’s behaviour had changed. I confess I didn’t see any specific changes, but then I don’t know your dogs as well as you do.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching you all and I hope you all enjoyed your morning. Congratulations to everyone who qualified, especially Penny with Chance for coming first and obtaining excellence.

For all the first timers, I hope this is the start of a wonderful journey for you all.

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