Olivia’s tracking certification experience was a bit hairy yesterday. Bailie and I both passed on our first tries with the same judge Olivia was being certified by. It was a beautiful day, but there was goose poop in the field, and they started to mow the grass right after she started her track. She failed, but the judge could see she knew how to track, so she got a second track, and ran it perfectly! This is a photo of the field where her track she passed was laid.
Mom figured she would have to wait until next week to try again, so getting a second chance was a real nice gift! The second track had to be laid by the judge, and then age for a half hour. While Mom and Olivia were waiting, they did some photos to kill time and relax. Mom loves to do photos to relax herself. She felt extra pressure to pass since the judge was nice enough to lay a second track.
The second track was 455 yards with four turns. Olivia took off and was all business this time. Mom was lost as usual, and just held on tight to the line, and hoped Olivia was on the track. She ran it pretty quickly, and all of the sudden there was the end article. To enter a tracking dog test, a dog needs to first be certified. Olivia wants to enter the test in October, so she had to hurry up and get her certification.
When they got home, Olivia posed proudly with her tracking certification coupons. A certification is good for two years and you have four tries before you need to certify again. There are only two tests a year where we live, so it’s important to enter when you can to try to get your TD. Olivia is super proud of herself, and Mom is really proud too. She has never certified a dog at six months old, so it is extra impressive. We hope Olivia gets into the test and does well.
Since tracking is all about sniffing in nature, we are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.