K9 Nose Work – Odor Recognition Test (ORT)

So for a year and a half now Riley and I have been doing K9 nose work training the class has started to talk about doing trials so we all signed up for the first test, the ORT.  To participate in k9 nose work trials you must pass 3 odor recognition test.  The reason for the test is to verify that the dogs know the odors (birch, anise, & clove) used in K9 nose work competition. The test consists of 12 boxes on the floor with one containing the odor, the test is blind, the human does not know which box contains the odor, so you work with your dog to find it together.

On May 9th we participated in odor recognition tests at a facility in Escalon Ca.   I wasn’t sure he was ready because he doesn’t have a strong tell, meaning he doesn’t tell me when he finds the odor, sometimes he just moves on, ugh.  We have been working on his tell, but it seems that we need more work :).  I thought about postponing his trial but I’m glad I didn’t…

The first test was funny, Riley was so distracted by the testing area, he pranced around ignoring the boxes, “lets to here mom”, “no wait lets go over there”…  To my surprise he passed birch, pretty much one only box his lingered he lingered on twice so I called “alert”.

The second & third tests he was more focused but I read him wrong, in both cases I alerted to the box next to the box with odor, bummer.  We have work to do!

The nice thing about the ORT is that even if your dog doesn’t get it right he still gets cookies at the correct box, win win for the pup!

K9 nose work tired pup

The great thing about the day is Riley and I had fun and he was completely conked out at the end of the day.

Tired Pubby


The good thing is we passed birch so we can start NW1 trails if we want!

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