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VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
Sunday, April 3, 2022 SNIFF-N-GO

Affordable Heating & Air Conditioning
4630 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Cudahy, WI 53110

*Page updated 9:30am 3/29/2022*

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GENERAL INFO
 

  • Please plan on arriving at 9:00am and park in the designated area in the parking lot, as shown on the map (click the image to enlarge).

  • When you arrive, you can potty your dog, then come in the registration entrance. We'll do a quick walk through, talk about the assignments, and go over any questions you may have.

  • Remember: There is no indoor crating available, so you will need to leave your dog in your car or arrange for them to be dropped off/picked up for your run time.

  • Bottled water and light snacks will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own beverage and a snack to share if you'd like. We'll have a small kitchen area to mingle and snack throughout the day. 

  • We should be wrapped up by 4:30pm, if things go according to schedule!

VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS
The assignments should allow for everyone to watch several participants throughout the day.  Please note I may adjust assignments the day of the event as we get into the flow of things. 
Assignments are for the full day, unless stated otherwise.
 

  •  Registration Check-in: Laura, Amy Stel

  • Floaters: Rachel, Connie (AM only)

  • Search Area 1:

    • Judge / gate steward combo: Lonnie

  • Search Area 2:

    • Judge: Sarah

    • Photographer/gate steward to area 3: Lindsay

    • Area supervisor: Kyle

  • Search Area 3:

    • Judge: Lisa

    • Gate steward back to parking area: Dana
       

  

GENERAL VOLUNTEER INFO FOR EVERYONE

  • You are the face of our event :) Be your usual smiley and polite selves! 

  • Please refrain from being chatty—we need to keep people moving through the event to stay on time!

  • Stay quiet while dogs are searching.

  • Absolutely NO use of cell phones during searches.

  • No food is allowed in the search area. Water bottles are OK, but should be left outside the search area boundaries.

  • When waiting for the next dog, please use inside voices.

  • If a dog soils in a search area, they are dismissed. Clean the search area using the paper towel and cleaner provided.

  • DO NOT TOUCH ANY HIDES. If a dog disrupts a hide, please find me (I'll evaluate and reset the hide as necessary).

  • If you need to take a bathroom break, please do so! There will be short breaks between each of the search levels as I add hides and such.

REGISTRATION CHECK-IN

Laura & Amy Stel

  • Smile! You’re the first face our sniffy participants will see!

  • Check in each team:

    • Confirm their name, dog name, and cell phone #.

    • Please tell them we will text them when they can come into the building!

    • If a dog’s name is highlighted in red on the registration sheet, they have a red bandana dog. 

  • No photography or videotaping is allowed during any of the searches.

  • If people need the restroom, direct them to the bathroom area.

  • Participants can potty their dogs in the grassy areas on the north side of the building, along Cudahy Avenue. They MUST pick-up and dispose of any poop in the waste bin, located by the parking lot entrance.

  • Keep an eye out for other dogs that are waiting in/around the parking lot. If you see another dog team coming that should not be there, direct them to stop and go back to the parking lot area. We cannot have dogs congregating up by the building.

JUDGE RESPONSIBILITIES

Lonnie, Sarah & Lisa

  • You will be judging and timing your search area. You will be given a stopwatch. 

  • You will also be completing a master score sheet for each level. Competitors DO NOT take their score sheets with them. You'll get additional directions the morning of the event.

  • All teams are running blind. If a team requests to know where the hides are located at the start of the search, you can tell them.

  • When a competitor arrives at your search, tell them the following information:

    • This is an interior search and [NW1/2/3 ELITE LEVEL] rules apply.

    • You have [XX] minutes. (This info will be given on the event day)

    • The search will be [ON/OFF] leash (This info will be given on the event day)

    • There are [XXX] hides 

      • NW1 & NW2: Competitors will be told the # of hides

      • NW3: Competitors are NOT told # of hides (they know there is a range between 0-3 hides possible)

      • Elite: Each searches will have it’s own criteria—a known #, range given, or unknown #

    • Your start line is “HERE” (point to area).

    • Be sure to say ALERT and FINISH loudly.

    • Do you have any questions?

  • Confirm any found hides by saying “YES!” loudly.

  • If a team false alerts: 

    • NW1 & NW2: They are dismissed from the search. If they are close to the hide location, show them where the hide is so they can reward their dog. 

    • NW3: They are allowed 1 false alert and get to continue searching. If they false alert a 2nd time, they are dismissed from the search.

    • Elite: They are allowed 2 false alerts and get to continue searching. If they false alert a 3rd time, they are dismissed from the search.

  • Give a 30 second warning if needed. 

  • If a team runs out of time, call it. They are done. If a dog is near a hide, you can tell them or show them where it is and then they can reward their dog and move on to the next search. 

  • Once their search is done, give them a short verbal compliment (“nice leash handling” “great job reading your dog’s behavior” “wonderful job supporting your dog”) to keep them up! 

GATE STEWARDS

Lindsay & Dana

  • Between Search area 2 & 3, you will need to work together to ensure we do not have the teams seeing each other in the search area. I will guide you on logistics during our walk-through.

  • After a team is done searching, be polite, but directive in getting them to the next area.

  • Smile :) 

RUNNING ORDER - INCLUDING VOLUNTEER DOGS & DOG IN WHITE

Please note that I will do my best to get you and your dog placed into the schedule as shown below. Adjustments may be made if we need to keep better time to stay on schedule. Thank you! *Click image to enlarge*

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