I’m learning about tracking in the summer these days! Bailie and I were tracking several times a week until May 19 when our six week break started. We are now back tracking and enjoying it. Tracking in the summer is rather challenging for several reasons.
Our biggest issue is Mom’s fear of reptiles. She promised we would get back to tracking in June, but she couldn’t make herself go into the tall grass. Finally on June 30, she did it. To conquer her fear, she pretty much wears a body condom on her lower body and never looks down in the field. Above is me on my first leg, the circle is the flag for my first turn.
Another issue we are battling is the heat. We have to track early mornings before it gets too warm out, but we don’t have time for that in our routine. It is actually really hot down at ground level in the tall grass. Above is me working the first turn.
Mom has to lay our tracks when we get to the fields, which means we need to wait in the car. This is another problem in warm weather. We can’t be locked in a hot car, and Mom doesn’t like leaving us unattended with everything open for fresh air. Above I’m tracking through the clover part of the field.
It sure can get deep and thick out there in the summer! We have decided to track one, maybe two times a week for the rest of the summer. We can do some work on short grass which helps with the time factor as we don’t have to drive so far.
On the bright side, the six week break turned out to be a good thing. Bailie and I were both right on our game and had so much fun our first time out again. I need to work extra hard this month so I can hopefully get certified in August and try to get my TD title in the fall. The above photo is my alert signal. The track was 400 yards long with 4 turns. I’m supposed to lie down, but right now I’m liking alerting with the same signal I use in nose work.
Mom wanted some video, so she took a short one of part of my track. I’m easy to video because I’m very slow and methodical and like to turn around to make sure Mom is still following. Bailie as you can see is still a wild stallion even though Mom has slowed her down! Her part of the video may make you sea sick! It is impossible to get still photos while tracking with Bailie, with me it is easy. A 400 yard track takes Bailie under five minutes usually and me at least fifteen. Different styles, same result. Mom says it keeps things interesting.
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