Tracking techniques can vary widely from dog to dog, even within the same breed. Bailie and I are both GBGV’s, but while we have may similar traits, we are often extremely different. You can get an idea of our differences today if you follow along on our tracking outing the other day.
Mom had the brilliant idea to go tracking on Memorial Day morning for fun. I’m just not very interested in tracking…wandering through a mess of grass and weeds to find some stupid article somewhere to get treats. Silly sport, but I do it because Mom wants me to. I got my certification in February, I may as well use it. I
ran slowly walked my track first. This was me at the start with my start article so I know what scent to track.
And I’m off at the speed of a turtle, lumbering along. I see no reason to rush, so I take my time. The colored clips you see in some photos on the photos today are markers for Mom. The plain orange are turns, and the orange with colored flags just show where the track was laid in case we get lost. My mom has no sense of direction, so she needs the markers.
I made my turns pretty well. We haven’t had time to track for about seven weeks with the rainy weather and so many other things going on. Mom was happy I remembered about the turns.
Tracking is weird to watch as you pretty much just see the behind of a dog wandering along. Mom says I’m so slow, she could read a book while tracking with me, but it’s my way of tracking. She has plenty of time to take photos of me going along too.
Thank dog I finally found the end article so I can get out of this field! My track was only about 300 yards long. Normally, I do longer tracks, but since we hadn’t practiced in a while, Mom wanted to start out slow.
Talk about different tracking techniques! Mom says tracking with Bailie is like bull riding, the gate opens and all you can do is hold on and hope for the best. It’s no wonder there are rarely photos of Bailie tracking! Mom can’t possible hold still long enough to focus! There is no start photo for Bailie as she just started on her own and was off!
Mom has to keep holding Bailie back because she is way too fast to keep up with. Despite her speed, she makes the turns and stops at articles. Look at that smile. She truly loves to track!
And nose dive…incoming tracking dog. She bound through the tall grass like a deer! Amazingly, Bailie has only tracked twice since she got her TD Title back in October, but she is not rusty at all!
I think she can smell the end article is near…just ahead at the clip with the yellow flag. She is ramping up her speed for the finish!
Bailie is at the end article and is happy as a clam! The only thing she finds sad is that her track is done. She wants to keep going. Now do you see what I mean about totally different tracking techniques!
I need to get my TD Title this fall, and Bailie will be working on either TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) or VST (Variable Surface Tracking) which are both longer tracks with more than one article. Bailie is also attending a tracking seminar later this month with Mom. More power to the wild and crazy tracking team Bailie. I just want to get my TD Title and quit the sport!
Have a great weekend! I have a nose work element trial. I’ll be competing in Level 1 Interiors, and Level 2 Containers. I plan to do well, hope Mom is on the same page!