Sun 30 Oct 2022, Little Haywood

Level 5: Judge -Harry Latusek

Colwich & Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue, Little Haywood, Stafford ST18 0QZ

Start: 10.30
Entry Fees: £30 per dog.
Contact: Dolores Palmer

Trial Manager and Judges Reports

Thankyou Dolores for inviting me along to little Haywood to judge this level 5 trial.
A Thankyou also to my scribe,Ceris you did a wonderful job.
A white dog was used prior to all searches commencing,time allowed for each area was assessed after running the white dog.

I commenced with interior one,which consisted of an office area and a kitchen,sepated by a corridor.
5 scents were laid out,3 gun oil and 2 cloves.(3 in the office and 2 in the kitchen).
A good start to the day with 8 of the 10 teams finding all and the remaining 2 finding 4
An excellent display here by Kevin and Renko,leading the way home in some 85 seconds,also worthy of mention here were,Linda and Fletcher,Rebecca and Pixie,Julia and Spot and Kate and Tali…..
This was search area consisted of the wall along the front entrance to the building,(drain pipes,doors and extraction fans),and the full length of the wall and steps opposite.A total search area of approx 60 meters.
4 scents,2 gun oil and 2 cloves were secreted around the area.1 in an extraction fan,1 in a plastic box on the wall,in a corner.On the opposite side 1 was hidden under the concrete steps and one in a crevice in the brickwork,approx 60 cm from ground level.
7 of the teams found all 4 with reasonable ease,the remaining dogs finding 3.
All of the teams put on a good display of scenting here with a number happy to work freely of lead.Rebecca and Pixie showing the way home in some 78 seconds.
Interior 2
The foyer to the hall was set up with the remaining 3 scents,2 gun and 1 cloves.
The scents were laid out as follows, gun oil at the end of a bench,at the bottom of a coat stand,behind a waste bin.Number 2 ,cloves ,secreted in the brickwork in a corner approx 2 metres further around the perimeter,approx 40 cm high,and finally another gun oil, hidden in the door frame to gents toilets,on the right hand wall approx 60cm high.
This area was to prove the most difficult for the dogs,with only 3 of the 10 teams finding all 3,(note those 3 finished in the top,three places).
Two minutes was allocated ,after running the white dog,who did 2 complete circuits of the area, and spent some considerable time investigating the disabled toilet door which had been left slightly ajar.
A couple of the dogs falsely alerted at the bottom of wall before tracking upwards to the scent.4 of the teams missing the scent hidden on the coat stand,this was due mainly to their handlers not directing them into that area.
The scent plume was obviously rising upwards from the coat stand,through the slats on the bench.This resulted in some of the handlers calling wrong alerts on top of the bench,unfortunately they did not follow this up by directing their dogs low ,around the end of the bench to the coat stand.
That said,praise to Helen and Clay finding all scents in some 56 seconds,closely followed by Rebecca and Pixie in 79 seconds.
A good display of perciverance by Julie and Jess finding all 3 in 100 seconds.Well done.
My congratulations go to the eventual rosette winners on the day…
1… Helen and Clay…2…Rebecca and Pixie…3…Julie and Jess….4…Kate and Tali..
I would like to add that this trial was a pleasure to judge,all teams in their own rights displaying excellent skills all round.
It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning,and I stayed dry….
I look forward to seeing some,if not all of you ,at sometime in the future.

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