So LaVerne and I have been taking Rally Obedience classes and she is the star of the class. We are beginners but she does all the exercises like a pro. She goes through the course looking up at me adoringly, ( Ok so she is looking up at me smiling, tongue lolling, in hopes of a treat ) and has WOW'd the teachers and students alike so when we received information about a Rally-O trial coming to a town near us everyone said it would be a crime if I didnt take LaVerne, so I signed her up for next weekend. We have never been in any kind of trial or show before so yesterday when they set up a trial run at the local park I packed up my dog and headed down there with visions of acing the course and how impressed everyone would be with my beginner dog. Kind of like Ralphie in a Christmas Story when he turned in his theme about wanting an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!", daydreaming about getting an A while everyone cheered and carried him around on their shoulders. If you are familiar with that movie then you will recall that Ralphie got a C+ with a note on his theme that he would shoot his eye out. Well call me Ralphie because when we got on the course LaVerne had her nose to the ground smelling goose poop, other dogs, and apparently many other scents that were MUCH more intersting than me or the promise of any treats I had offered earlier. I was stumped. I didnt know WHAT to do. I told her to "leave it!" but I have never been in a situation like this one before. At class ( which is indoors ) and at home there just isnt that many new and wonderful smells to investigate and so when she gets to sniffing around and I tell her to leave it, she does. Does anyone have any tips for me? Now my confidence is shattered and Im nervous about next weekend. Its very frustrating because I know what she can do........but she just wouldnt do it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!