Title Parameters: Element Specialty Titles

This is an informational page, please refer to the most current rule book to ensure that you have the most up to date information.

 

Element Specialty Trials became titling as of April 1, 2014

Official title parameters for Element Specialty Trials follow:

Level One

  • Birch only, one hide per search, the source of the odor will be available to the dog, no intentional added distractors other than what exists in the environment. Time pressure may be an added variable.
  • You will typically see between 3-5 searches for a Level one Element Specialty Trial.
  • Container searches will be boxes, but may be varied types of boxes.
  • Vehicle searches may have single vehicle and/or multiple vehicle searches. Searches may be on varied surfaces or in varied environments (i.e. indoors, outdoors, etc). Types of vehicles may vary.
  • Exterior search areas may be of varying sizes and on varying surfaces.
  • Interior search areas may be of varying sizes and complexities.
 
 
Level Two
  • Birch and/or Anise, multiple hides per search, the source of the odor may be inaccessible.
  • The number of hides in a search area will be known to the handler prior to the search.
  • The number of hides may vary at this level (i.e. not limited to 2).
  • You will typically see between 3-5 searches for a Level two Element Specialty Trial.
  • Container searches may be boxes, luggage or other types of containers. Intentional distractors such as food, toys, environmental distractors, and animal smells may be present in some of the containers.
  • Vehicle searches may have single vehicle and/or multiple vehicle searches. Searches may be on varied surfaces or in varied environments (i.e. indoors, outdoors, etc). Types of vehicles may vary.
  • Exterior search areas may be of varying sizes and on varying surfaces.
  • Interior search areas may be of varying sizes and complexities.
 
 
Level Three 
  • Birch, Anise and/or Clove, multiple hides per search, the source of the odor may be inaccessible.
  • The number of hides in a search area will NOT be known to the handler prior to the search.
  • There may be search areas with no hides.
  • Container searches may be boxes, luggage or other types of containers. Intentional distractors such as food, toys, environmental distractors, and animal smells may be present in some of the containers.
  • Vehicle searches may have single vehicle and/or multiple vehicle searches. Searches may be on varied surfaces or in varied environments (i.e. indoors, outdoors, etc). Types of vehicles may vary.
  • Exterior search areas may be of varying sizes and on varying surfaces.
  • Interior search areas may be of varying sizes and complexities.
 
 
Scoring – The points and faults system are the same as the four-element K9 Nose Work® trials.
 
The Element Specialty Titling option allows for a competitor to complete the trial with a perfect score (i.e. find all the
hides in all the searches) and earn a title that day. Competitors who do not achieve a perfect score, but earn a score of at least 75 will earn a qualifying score ("Q") towards earning a title. Two qualifying scores in the same element/level will result in a title.