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Search training

October 14th 2013 6:08 am
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This past weekend was a little rainy on Friday and Saturday so those two days we didn't so much. We went on some errands with mom Saturday and she took us to Hummel Trail for a walk and that was fun, especially when we got to an area that was flooded out with about 4" of water. We had to walk through it cause mom didn't want to turn around and it was A LOT of fun playing in it! The water was crystal clear and there were walnuts bobbing in the water and we went bobbing for walnuts! No I didn't eat them, just kept knocking them under the water playing with them. Mom didn't care that we got all wet either so I decided to roll in the water too! It was nice to get out after being stuck inside cause of so many days of rain.

Sunday I had search training and grandma went along. I'd like to say that I did really well considering how well I've been doing practicing without the team, but I didn't do too good:( My first search was a huge area and I had a really hard time finding the person. When I did he was laying down (the scenario was presenting him as deceased) so I sniffed him then kept on going. I was suppose to go alert mom and take her back, but I never did that. This was the first time I had to find a person laying down so I was a little confused. But mom wasn't upset and we worked through it. My next search was a motivational and a shorter one with grandma being who I had to find. Needless to day I did that perfectly. Come on it was grandma and I wasn't going to let her lost! My last scenario I was doing really well and had a scent that I was moving in on when two hikers with a dog came through our area. When this happens we have to stop and wait for them to go. Well that totally messed me up cause now I had their scents to deal with and cause my job is to find every live person, I started on their trail. Mom pulled me off them and started me from the last place I had a scent. Our flanker didn't stay with us because she didn't want to walk back up the hill, but when I came back around I now caught her scent and alerted on her. Mom praised me because I did in fact find someone (just not the person I was suppose to), but I still hadn't found the initial subject I was sent out to find. Because I was really struggling, the subject did a call out to me and then I did my thing, but still not alerting mom too well. But mom was never upset at me through all this and we just learned that I need to work with more distractions and with people laying down. We did do a couple runaways and I didn't do too great on those either. Of course it didn't help that grandma was walking to the potty and I was worried about her and not the person helping with the runaways.

As you can tell I didn't do too good, but mom was never mad and said she's proud that I never gave up even with the tough scenarios and distractions. We just now have more things to work on. I also heard her telling grandma that as long as I try, she'll never be mad and even if I don't get to the point where I get certified, as long as I'm enjoying it, we'll keep doing it. If I stop enjoying it, then she won't make me do it anymore. But that will never happen because I LOVE doing it, I just don't have the confidence on the alerts and I'm sure that will eventually come.

This week mom said we'll be busy the first couple of days. Tonight we are visiting Manor Care with Barb and tomorrow we have a visit with Danny, but then we have a couple quiet days. That is good because I am still so tired from search training I'll need to catch up!


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Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

October 15th 2013 at 7:47 pm

As long as you are having fun, dat's what's important.

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