Sun 19 Feb 2023, Plympton

Level 4: Judge - Shane Curnow

K9 Splash Hydrotherapy Unit 5 Alder Court 3 Bell Close Plympton Plymouth PL7 4JH.

Start: 10:30am
Entry Fees: £27 per dog.
Contact: Debra Cassidy

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

This was my first time judging a L4 . The first 2 searches were the exterior and wall / car. Neither caused too many issues but some advice was given about making sure you cover the whole area and also to reverse search especially when the wind is in your favor. Several teams missed the wall hide initially buy not going to the edge of the search area but most got it on the return.

The boxes/luggage search did not cause any problems other than mainly interference which was marked, the table and chairs/perimeter caused the most problems, the gun oil was placed between the gap of 2 cupboard doors, the majority of dogs did indicate the hide very clearly which was nice to see. A few dogs were in the area of the clove hide under the frame of a chair but failed to locate the source which was actually on the next chair, the other dogs gave a clear and correct indication. Overall the standard was very good, the first 2 places were very close at the end, it was great to see Lisa and Jago not only qualify but take 1st place which was well deserved.

Trial Managers Report.

This was a new venue for today’s trial , so a big thanks to K9 Splash Hydrotherapy. Shane set some thoughtful and challenging hides, but I could see that the teams were all meeting the challenges with true grit and determination. I know Shane provided you all with feedback after each search, and I trust that you will all take this forward for future trials. Thank you Jess for being our scribe today and to all the teams for your patience whilst each search was set up.

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