River and I participated in C-WAGS National Trial in Dayton on Sunday, April 30th held at Dayton Dog Training Club. The trial ran for 3 days covering obedience, games, rally and scent. I signed River up for all 8 scent searches (Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 x2) on Sunday. If we're going clear to Dayton we're going big before going home.
Level 1 searches went okay. River was really excited to be in a new place and she simply didn't care about sniffing boxes. She found the first scent with the worst alert ever and all I could do was take a good guess that she meant standing still for exactly 2 seconds was her alert. I know my dog, who gave a very crappy and subtle alert and I guessed correctly. The second level 1 we didn't qualify but that was my fault. I forgot you can't touch your dog unless putting on/taking off a leash. I touched her trying to get her attention so we were disqualified.
Level 2 searches were moderately better. River at least got her nose down to some of the items and she qualified on both searches and got her level 2 ACE title as well.
Level 3 searches were just painful. River simply didn't care about scent and wouldn't search at all. She was more interested in the person sitting in the ring or sniffing the fire extinguisher or the walls.
And since River didn't bother with any kind of effort on the Level 3 searches I scratched her from Level 4. Eight searches was simply too much for her at a new location. And she was constantly eating grass as well so she may have had an upset stomach. My girl just doesn't travel well.
At least we got 3 Q's and an ACE title so it wasn't a complete waste to drive to Dayton. The organizers put on a good trial and everything ran smoothly for us.