Two weeks ago, I earned my first Advanced Title in AKC Scent Work. Bailie and I went to an AKC Scent Work Trial at the school we train at. AKC is a little bit like NACSW Element Trials. You can compete at higher levels even if you don’t have a complete title for the lower level. I’m missing my novice exterior title legs, but I can compete in advanced in all three other elements I have passed in novice. Exterior trials are hard to find, so I will have to wait for spring. Bailie has her Novice Title, so she can compete in all the advanced elements.
Saturday seemed to be long and boring for us. I did my two advanced interior runs before 8 am, and then was done for the day. Bailie did her advanced container runs around noon, and then she was done. We were both a bit bored hanging out in our kennels while Mom was doing her volunteer coordinator work.
Day one ended with me getting Q’s on both my interior runs, and Bailie getting one Q on her containers. We posed for a photo, but Bailie was in protest. She claimed it wasn’t fair she only had one ribbon. Not my problem, I’m not the one who failed the simple task of alerting on the correct container.
I had Mom take a snap of this sign. We think it is a good reminder when you are doing sports with your pup. A lot of times the humans get so caught up in the competitiveness, they forget these simple points.
Sunday was a better day because we each got to do a few more “test” searches to keep us from getting so bored. As far as Q’s, it was like Groundhog Day. I passed both my interior searches and had my title by 8 am, Bailie only passed one container search. I am happy to report, I now have an SIA – Scent Work Interior Advanced Title. It’s getting to the point where my AKC name is almost longer than I am! Mom is proud of my hard work, and I’m proud of myself. Bailie, well, she doesn’t really care if she gets titles or not, so no worries about her. NACSW is our main focus for nose work, but we will keep doing AKC trials for more fun, and they are good practice opportunities. There won’t be any trials around here again until spring, so we will be doing other sports until sniffing starts up again.
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