Congrats to team Sypha ! Pretty coo deal = number 1 ! Plus a tidal ! Great weekend !
Oh know time for a question
79 or MC , so what is so different about NW3 ? Just harder finds ? Or way more than that ?
So, at NW1 and NW2, the handler knows how many hides there are in each search. And the searches are easier - NW1 the easiest - hides must be "accessible" to the dog at NW1. In an NW2, for example, you might have an exterior search where you are told there are 2 hides total.
At NW3, for each element (interior, exterior, containers, and vehicles), you can have between 1 and 3 hides in each element. Each of those you have one search, except interiors, which can have three separate rooms to search, and only in interiors, one of those rooms might have NO hides. You do not know how many hides are in each search. When you search, it is your job to do the search in the amount of time allotted, decide when you've found all the hides, and then call finish before the time expires. You are not told if you've correctly found all the hides. You cannot call an incorrect alert and continue searching (so, for example, on Saturday in one of our interior searches, we had a "false alert" where Sypha appeared to find odor on something in an interior room - a doctor's scale. Many dogs also alerted on it, but it did not have a hide, so we got a "no" and had to stop searching that room. In our case we'd already found the other hide in that room and would have been correct if I'd not called that and had instead called finish.)
Clear as mud? To make it more confusing, the rules are changing next year for NW3. But for now...that's how it is. You must correctly call all the hides, with no incorrect calls, no missed hides, in order to title. It's a bigger challenge because it's a lot more about correctly reading your dog not only when they are searching and alerting to odor, but also when they are DONE searching and no more hides are left to find. It is easy to push your dog into a "false alert" when you think there may be more hides. Many people say it's more of a "mind game" for the handler. The hides are also a lot harder - they can be higher, inaccessible, etc.
Hope that helps? It was a lot of fun, a new challenge, and I'm excited to keep going! It can take quite a few tries for a lot of teams to earn their NW3 (plus, around here it's really hard to get into NW3 trials).