We are getting started in AKC Scent Work here at my house. NACSW will always be our number one sport, but another venue for sniffing is a good thing for a house full of scent hounds! My sisters got to give it the first try last weekend. Mom registered Bailie in novice containers and buried hides, Madison in interiors.
While AKC Scent Work is similar to NACSW Nose Work, it is also very different. The concentration of odor is much higher, the trial venue regulations are much more lax, you can watch searches after your dog runs, and you need to pass an element three times to get a title in that element. The elements are containers, buried hides, interiors, and exteriors. Pass all four elements each three times and you earn a title for that level.
Bailie worked really hard. After two days of trials, she was mentally exhausted. Even though she was really going backwards from the level she usually sniffs at, only needing to find one hide in each search, things are different, and the buried hides are completely new. She qualified in all four container searches and earned her novice container title, SCN. Buried hides were a bit more tricky. Bailie missed her first search, but then qualified on the remaining three, earning her novice buried title, SBN.
Madison was rearing to go, but had to wait for several hours each day before it was her turn. She did work her furry behind off, but only managed to pass two of her four searches, so no title for her, but she did get two of the three legs towards a title.
Bailie has now managed to acquire more letters after her name. Just call her Ethos Irish Cream TD RATO SCN SBN CGC. Madison is going to try to earn more letters herself in agility the next two weekends. Follow My GBGV Life on Facebook and Instagram to get more timely sports updates. My sisters are always competing for something! I get tired just thinking about it!
What about me? Next month, Mom and I will be in an AKC Scent Work Trial and have a chance at all four elements, which means also a chance at a novice title. Mom and I are excited to see how I do! My sisters are going to try again the end of the month, so we will see if they are getting the hang of it or not. We are thankful for another sport we enjoy. Our dog sports are so much fun, and such a great way to bond even more with Mom!
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