Spring Fling Performance Scent Dogs Trial


Thank you for entering See Spot Grin’s inaugural Performance Scent Dogs trial! The trial is being held at Breakaway Action Dogs in Frederick Maryland on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Doors open at 8:00 am. Check in begins at 8:30 am, with the handler briefing at 8:50 am. Competition begins at 9:00 am.

Read the Rules

We’re counting on you to help our trial run smoothing and efficiently. Please take time to read the Performance Scent Dogs Rule Book prior to your arrival, and bring a copy with you to refer to in case you have any rules related questions while you’re at the trial. We’re happy to help you learn the ropes but please understand that pausing the trial to answer questions for which there is a reference in the rule book will slow down the entire trial day. For peak performance it’s also good practice to have an understanding of what to expect before you arrive.

Dog Policy & Crating

Dogs who have mild space issues with other dogs or humans are welcome to participate since only one dog is in the search area at a time. Scent work is a great activity for reactive dogs but not all dogs can successfully navigate the additional, and sometimes unpredictable, stressors present at a trial. Dogs must be able to potentially wait in an area with other dogs and be in other situations where they are within 4 to 8 feet of other dogs and people. There is a distinction between reactive and aggressive dogs. Dogs who are aggressive to people or other dogs are not permitted at PSD trials. Competitors are encouraged to place a red bandana conspicuously on dogs with space issues to help others remember to ask before touching and to keep their dog’s attention while a red bandana dog walks by. Red bandanas will be available at check in.

Limited indoor crating will be available for quiet dogs, as searches will be going on in the same building on the other side of visual barriers. If your dog is more comfortable crating in your vehicle, please consider doing so. Saturday looks to be a beautiful day. Do be sure you have what you need to keep your dogs cool and hydrated.

The Running Order

Here’s our tentative running order. The plan is to start Novice Exteriors shortly after the TOTs begin. Don’t worry about conflicts — there won’t be any. We’ll make sure you get to run your dog in the classes you’ve entered. And we appreciate your patience so we can make it so!

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Professional Photographer

Professional photographer Linda Davis will be taking photos of your pup’s searches. She may also be available for portraits, but do be aware that she’s running her own dog at the trial. If you’d prefer not to have your dog photographed while searching please let us know as you enter the search area.

Our Pot Luck

Many thanks to those have already committed to contributing to our potluck lunch. If any additional folks are interested in participating we could still use a few items - beverages (iced tea, juice, sparkling water, soda), desserts, potato/pasta salad, chips and dip/salsa swag/guacamole, donuts/donut holes. If you're interested in bringing any of these, or other items let Megan Keister know.


If you’ve offered to volunteer at our trial, THANK YOU!! We wouldn’t be able to offer these trials without your help. We will finalize volunteer assignments closer to the time of the trial and let everyone know on Saturday where they're needed.

There’s still time to volunteer! Do keep in mind that you can volunteer in a class you’re entered in. We’ll just put you at the top of the running order so you can run your dog before you volunteer. Please contact Megan Keister if you’re available to help.

Spring Cleaning

Performance Scent Dogs encourages giving back to the greater dog community and See Spot Grin is proud to support this cause. Are you itching to do some spring cleaning (get it??) and declutter your dog gear? If you have something that no longer brings your dog joy, or if even if you’re just feeling generous and would like to support some dogs in need, we’ll be collecting the following equipment for Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue, who recently stepped up to take in 38 of the over 200 German Shepherds from a horrific abuse and neglect case in Georgia. If you bring it, we’ll haul it!

  • used crate or portable kennel (any style)

  • bag of dry dog food

  • heart worm preventative

  • flea/tick preventative

  • new or used dog bed

  • new or used leashes and collars

  • dog treats

  • towels

  • blankets

  • new or used food and water bowls

  • grooming supplies

  • new or used dog toys

You can find out more about the Georgia 38 here. We also invite you to donate directly to this great organization on your own. Every little bit helps.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Cindy Knowlton
Cell: 301-873-3041