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October 2nd, 2017 by Lynda

Something new for me and Aiden

Sunday October 1st was the very first AKC Scent Work Trial in New England held at the Community Center in Meredith, NH. There were actually two trials in one day. One sponsored by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Southern New Hampshire and one by the Lakes Region Kennel Club.

On Saturday Jack, Aiden and I drove up to NH. It was a grey day but we stopped at Lake Winnipesaukee for a short walk.




When we woke up on Sunday morning it was 39 degrees and foggy. On our way to the trial we stopped at a covered bridge on Squam River.




As Aiden and I have never competed in Scent Work/Nosework in any venue he was entered in Novice A in all his classes, Containers, Interior and Exterior. In AKC Novice the dogs are searching for the scent birch.

Aiden’s first test was Novice A Containers. The ten boxes were in a very confining space. Aiden found the box and qualified with 3rd place.

His next test was Novice A Interior. Aiden was a bit uncomfortable with the floor in the hallway area. He took a while but indicated a find and I called alert. The judge said “I’m sorry no”. I pointed to a Nosework tin that Aiden had hit on. Turns out that at some time in the past it had been left behind during training and since Aiden found it he qualified.

The next test was Novice A Exterior. This did not go so well. It was held in a gravel area with dried grass and dead plants. Aiden searched along the wall and did stop at an area. I didn’t read him correctly and thought I would have him search the area and come back along the wall. However he lifted his leg on a bush and he was excused.

Later in the day Aiden started with the Novice A Exterior test. This time he stopped at the scent, but again I was not sure as he did not indicate the way he normally does. He searched a little longer and came back to the same place. I called Alert and Aiden was correct. He qualified with 4th place.

Then it was Novice A Interior again. After making sure Aiden was indicating the scent I called Alert and Aiden was right. He qualified with 4th place.

The last class was Novice A Containers. This time it was in a large part of the gymnasium which we both liked better. Aiden did a super job and qualified with 3rd place.

Aiden with his ribbons. (He actually had two 3rd places and two 4th places but the GSDCSNH did not get their Novice A ribbons delivered in time for the trial!)



January 24th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Alta-Tollhaus Ricco has earned his NW1 title!

Alta-Tollhaus Ricco… a.k.a. Nicco has earned his NW1 title at Livermore, CA on Jan 21, 2017.

Special Thanks to Julie Richards of Alta-Tollhaus for breeding the ‘best of the best’ in the nation… there is no better breeder in the US than Alta-Tollhaus.
Ricco has the best temperment and great drive. Thinking all the time and listens to me with such amazing attention. I can never THANK Julie Richards enough!!!
P.S. – this is my 12th GSD! Loved them for 40+years.

His searches were the best he has done so far… Now onto NW2 level.


Father Duncan v Messina
Mother Yudy v Osterberger-Land























August 22nd, 2016 by Katy and Alan

Blake’s New Title

Blake (Dux x Pala) earned his NW1 from the National Association of Canine Scent Work this past Saturday in Toledo. He had to find 4 hides – interior, exterior, vehicle and containers. He even received “Pronounced” on 2 of the hides. My instructor says that’s really good. I’m new at this, I’ll have to look it up. It is so much fun watching them work a scent. The judge’s note that made me the happiest was, “Great team work. Nice praise by you to the dog. He loved it.” It brought a tear to my eye. That is what it’s all about!!
Ginger went along for the ride because you can only enter one dog in a trial.

October 18th, 2015 by Carole

Alta-Tollhaus Octavian, aka O’Raj – New Titles!

From Ann K.:
Raj has been having fun, avoiding work and playing nose games instead. He now has his IPO TR2 title, and today he passed his NACSW ORT (Odor Recognition Test) for Birch. Onward to a NoseWork 1 trial, whenever we can get into one. Meanwhile, he wishes you all a Happy Halloween.

July 4th, 2014 by Julie

Nosework High-in-Trial!

An email from Karen B. who owns Hailey from the T-litter, Hero x Bailey:

I wanted to send a couple pictures of Hailey.  I haven’t done any agility since my shoulder surgery last fall.  Then I saw that Cheryl Carlson was offering a Nosework class – so I took Hailey to that.   I loved the class – Cheryl is a great instructor – with so much knowledge in scent work.  I Highly recommend her Nosework training.    When the class (6 sessions) ended, Cheryl convinced me to enter Hailey in the K-9 Fanciers United Nosework Trial held in June (4 trials in 2 days).   Hailey did great.  She passed her PT 1 and PT 2.  Then she got 4 titles (I’m not even sure what the “Letters” are) She passed two times for the Individual Element Novice and both times for the Advanced Containers ( Birch &  Anise) and then she qualified for both Interior Trials of Birch and Anise.   She took High in Trial on the 2nd trial – Anise Containers.   She also got a 2nd place in one the Birch Interiors searches too.   Not bad for a dog that only had 6 weeks of Nosework training!  (Thank you Cheryl for the excellent training and convincing me to enter the trial – and Thank you Julie for Hailey!)  I was so proud of her.


Hailey - Nosework 2

Hailey - Nosework 3