On February 5th, I got certified to track! I’ve been working on my tracking skills on and off since I started tracking last April, and I really hope to get my TD (Tracking Dog) Title this spring! Bailie passed her certification test on her first try in January 2015, but she didn’t get her title until last fall.
We had some bad weather for about two months, so I wasn’t able to work on my tracking. First it was constantly raining, and then it got super cold. Luckily the end of January got a bit warmer so Mom and I could get out and practice. Mom thought I was ready to take my certification test, but she wasn’t sure. We found a tracking judge to test us, and set the test up for February 5th. My track was laid in a field of snow up in Arden Hills. We totally forgot to ask for the map after we were done, but it has to be between 440 and 500 yards with 3 – 5 turns.
Mom wasn’t really nervous, for a change! She felt I had a 50/50 chance of passing because of our lack of practice, and the deep snow, but she has a lot of confidence in me. As you can see from my expression back in the car after the test, I was giving one of my silly expressions because I knew I had it all along! I’m a pretty reliable dog. The trudging through the snow and sticking my head in it for the scent trail was tedious, but I knew I needed to get my job done, and find the glove at the end of the track.
Now I’m certified to track which means I have four chances in the next year to take a pass a TD test. I’ve entered tests in Iowa for March, paws crossed I get a spot, can pass the test, and be done with tracking. I really prefer nose work, but Mom wants me to get my TD title, and then she says I can quit tracking and let Bailie focus on more tracking titles. I’ll keep you all posted, and hopefully it will be with a new title very soon.
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