Top honors at this year’s Westminster Dog Show may have gone to a pampered Bichon Frise, but the dogs on display in Frederick on Sunday brought more than an immaculately coifed hairdo to the judges’ table.

Lil Gunner at scent trial
News-Post photo by Jeremy Arias

Organized by Breakaway Action Dogs Inc., a Frederick-based obedience and training center on East Patrick Street, Sunday’s trial focused on each dog’s ability to pick out specific scents in a series of timed trials. Beginning with a single scent hidden in a box surrounded by empty boxes, each new trial introduced more scents for the dogs to alert on, as well as potential curveballs and distractions.