While they were in San Luis, Iona and I were down in Moorpark trialling with Valley Hills Obedience Club at Rancho Susanna Community Center. I like this location a lot as it is clean and there are huge playing fields nearby for Iona to sniff. However yesterday, there was a soccer tournament happening and there were hundred and hundreds of kids, adults, and soccer balls all over. Iona did well considering the distractors.
Her first search was Exterior Masters, and she nailed it, earning her Exterior Title! There were three out of a possible four hides. One was nose height on a blank looking wall, the other was about 3 feet up on a lock on a container, and the last about 4 feet up in the hinge of a dumpster. She placed first for this search and she might have been the only dog to place.
Next she ran her Excellent Buried search and she got all three! The training on water boxes payed off. She actually hit the water box easier than the sand box! See my last few blog posts if you are interested in how I trained her for this class.
Then she ran Containers. She hit two correctly but then falsed on the last hide. I think that the bag was in a wet spot and odor was pooling in the bag. I should have waited a bit longer.
Next, I volunteered for a few hours and helped keep soccer balls out of the search areas.
Finally we ran our first Detective Class after lunch. It was pretty intimidating. The search area consisted of a very large room and a medium sized patio. There were 5-10 hides and we were given 13 minutes. My strategy was to split the two areas and work them separately. I planned on letting Iona lead first and then sweep up the areas that she missed afterwards and it worked pretty well. Overall, I stuck to the plan, I timed myself well, kept track of the areas we covered, and also counted the hides we found accurately.
After our search we got a nice map of the search area. Here is the interior search.