We were blessed to be judged by Ruud Haak, from Netherlands, a very knowledgeable person, along with a big heart and a great sense of humor (which, if you ever know my team, you'll see is very needed
We started on Friday with the Urban Test, level A (RH T-A). Of ten dogs only 2 passed obedience and dexterity. It was not hard, at least not fro a SchH point of view, but many handlers, some of our own team included did not weighted the importance of training for it and thought that with a couple of months of preparation before the certification they would be ready... which is definitely not enough. I would compare it with a SchH1 in difficulty. Of those 10 dogs, 8 passed the search section, so at the end Diabla and another dog from my team got their certification.
Saturday was Area Search. Because of the heat we started with the search section in the morning, but even then we were frying under the sun, that surely affected the dogs, but it is not excuse. I confess my handling was awful and with all the limitations the test has for how the handler can move, Diabla found one of the victims despise me, not the other way... No dog passed the Area Test A (RH FL-A). A handler from Argentina brought his Mali only for the B tests and they passed the RH FL-B. That afternoon we had to repeat the obedience and dexterity (all teams have to complete all the tests, even if you know you are not going to be certified) and Diabla did just great, with the higher score of all the weekend, sadly it didn't count for nothing.
For Sunday there were only 3 dogs who could be on the Urban B test. Obedience and Dexterity started early and Diabla showed signs of being tired of doing the same for the third consecutive day and was more distracted, though still got a Very Good. The other dog of my team got disqualified, because she ran away with the gun shot, something to be expected if you knew that dog... so only Diabla and the Argentinian team went to the rubble search.
We didn't pass the B level, but I must say I am more than proud of my dog and how she worked that day. There were a lot of iron bars around and Diabla got tangled not once, but 3 times. The first time she hurt herself and felt trapped, so she jumped and yelped, but continued searching, the second time she pinched herself in the groin but said nothing, though the second time I saw her trying to lick that area I called her to check for injuries, since there were nothing I send Diabla to search again. Finally Diabla found 2 victims out of 3 and the time ended. The judge said she has picked the scent of the third one (who would have been the first one in that case) when I called Diabla to check her and maybe she would have alerted if not for me, but honestly I don't care, it is part of the game and her welfare is above any title. The other team found only one victim and didn't pass either. I honestly think that this test was hard and we do need more preparation. To pass would have been luck.
Here there are some pictures
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