It’s the Nature Friday blog hop and Olivia is hopping through the tall grass, practicing her tracking. She had two weeks off, and now she is really too big for the puppy harness. Next time out, she will wear one of our big dog harnesses.
She headed off into the tall grass following Mom’s scent. Mom had all she could do to pay attention to Olivia, stay upright, and try to get a few photos!
Olivia is working towards her TD, Tracking Dog Title. The track will be at least four hundred yards long with 4 turns, and an end article. Right now she is doing about half of that, but plans to step it up in the next couple weeks.
Every dog is different in their tracking style, but Mom says Bailie, me, and Olivia are all very similar. We zig zag along the track rather than following right on it, and we are lightning fast.
Of all the sports and things we do, Mom thinks tracking is our favorite activity. It is a bummer we don’t live near lots of large fields where we could track more. For humans, tracking is a lot of work. Many don’t enjoy romping through tall grass fields, but Mom does it because she can see how much we all love it.
If Olivia can get more practice in with longer tracks and more turns, she can hopefully get certified. Once certified maybe she can get a spot in a test this fall. Mom would like me and Bailie to work on our next tracking titles, but, lack of a space to practice, and the time commitment makes it tough.
All the hopping in the tall grass makes the long ears fly up. Even though Olivia is rather tall, she still has to really jump to get through all the grass and plants in the field.
In probably less than two minutes, Olivia is at the end article and is laying down, all on her own. It seems like in the two weeks since her last practice, she matured and is doing so much better on hard things. Hopefully she will get a chance to test this fall. It is hard to get into tests, and to get certified, so we shall see. This is our version of Nature Friday this week.
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.