I started tracking with Mom back in April, but I never have shown much enthusiasm for the sport. Bailie loves tracking and got her TD (Tracking Dog) title back in October. Now it is my turn to get a TD title. I have been practicing with Mom and also with a tracking buddy, who is the sister of the dog Bailie practiced with and her mom. Finally, Mom says I’m starting to seem excited about tracking.
Last week I ran a 400 yard track with four turns and did really well. I was excited to get in the car and go, and I was excited to get started. I showed no hesitation and got going as soon as I heard the “track” command.
My tail was up and I was moving at a nice pace according to Mom. I used to be really slow. She was also staying about twenty feet behind me which is required for a pass on a test. Previously, she had to stay close to keep me going.
This track had my first terrain change ever – from tall weeds and grass to dirt with a few weeds and back to the grass again. I handled it like I had done it all my life. Every type of terrain holds the scent differently which sometimes makes it difficult to follow a track.
Look how happy I was, leaping in the grass. I don’t charge through like Bailie does, but I’m doing much better than I used to. We each have our own personal style of tracking. The orange clip with the pink ribbon is a turn marker.
I’ve got my nose to the track in this photo. I use a constant head “up and down” motion as I track. It is a combination of sniffing the ground and air scenting. Mom never knew I did this until we watched a video one day. The experts say it is a good technique.
I like to investigate things along the track. I did have trouble on the third turn. I wanted to go off somewhere else, but Mom remained firm and I finally decided to go where I was supposed to go. Mom has been adding a few articles for me to find along the way for motivation and I sure love it!
At the end of the track, I found the final article glove. I was quite proud, but also wondering why we couldn’t have treats first and photos later! Don’t let those black spots fool you! They are not on my furs, they are on the weeds. My goal is still to get certified the beginning of 2016 and hopefully test in March. We shall see!
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