It was another big weekend in sports for the puppy, Olivia. We went with Mom to Sioux Falls for an AKC Scent Work trial. Originally, Bailie was going to go too, but because she and I are at the same level in most elements, it made more sense to just take one of us, and I got the spot. The trial was held at a greenhouse which made for some interesting searching.
We each got to do four searches each day. Saturday was containers and interiors, Sunday was buried hides and exteriors. My weekend was a real bust! I passed exactly zero of my eight searches. I did pretty well on exteriors, but still missed a hide in each search. The main issue for me right now is my fear. I still have hormone issues from the whole mess I went through during the summer. It can take many months for things to straighten out after my surgery. I get scared, and then I can’t really search or tell Mom when I find hides. The big hall in the above photo for some reason scared me. My container and buried searches were in there and I was a wreck – couldn’t work at all.
On the first day, my interior searches were super late in the day, and they too were rather creepy. At one point while I was working I went into a real tight space and couldn’t get myself back out, so we wasted a lot of time with that. Anyway, it was just not my weekend. I’ve never done scent work without at least getting some legs. We are working on my fears and hope by the time I go to a trial again, I will be better.
Olivia was just fine at the greenhouse and had some really nice searches. She is just seven months old, so we don’t expect a whole lot from her. Nevertheless, she constantly amazes us with her abilities. She had some legs from the Iowa Trial, and she only needed a leg or two for a couple elements. The first day, she passed both her container searches, so all she needs is one more leg and she will have her Container Title, and that will also finish her Novice Title. This weekend they only offered two searches, so she could only earn two legs. She then did interiors where she only needed one leg for her title and she passed her first search to get that Interior Title. She passed three of her four searches on Saturday.
Sunday Olivia had two more title chances. She started off passing her buried hide search to earn her Buried Title, and fourth place in the search. Next she tried her paw at Advanced Exteriors. It was really windy, and she not only had a few miscellaneous items to search, but also part of a semi truck. It took her some time, but she found both hides and got her second leg. Her second search was tough too, and she only managed to find one of the two hides, but she worked and did her best which is all we can ask for. Olivia’s name is growing and is now Ethos Loving The Northland RATN SEN SIN SBN It was really another great weekend in sports for the puppy in our house!
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