Tracking with friends is a lot more fun than on our own! It is fun for the humans and for us pups. We are back to working on tracking at our house. Well, Nelson and I are, at least. Bailie and Madison have their TD titles but we need to get ours. Yesterday we met up with Birdie and her mom to run some tracks. You may remember Birdie. She is our Danish Swedish Farm Dog friend.
Nelson never did tracking as a young pup as Mom didn’t have the time or desire to work on it last year. He started tracking about two weeks ago and is picking it up quickly. I was certified and took two tests but failed both and then my certification ran out. Now the plan is for me and Nelson to get certified together next month in the hope of getting into a fall tracking test.
I haven’t tracked in a year and a half but did really well. Sure, I was a bit rusty on the turns and staying in the track, but it is all coming back to me. Nelson ran his first track laid by someone other than Mom and he did great. Next week he is going to start learning turns. Birdie had some focus issues and it was rather warm for her but she also did a great job.
Tracking is kind of lonely so having a friend to track with sometimes is more fun. Humans can do their chit chat thing they love too. It is also important for us to learn to track other people as a stranger will lay our test tracks. Friends can help us by laying tracks for us. Bailie and Mom trained with friends and it worked really well. Going forward Nelson will practice a couple times a week and I will go out once a week and run a full track.
We are thankful we have friends to track with and hopefully we will all get certified and a spot in the fall test.
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