Synopsis of Classes:
Tracking Dog 1: First 5 weeks
Introduction to scent basics
Equipment-discussion on types of and making sure everyone has all they need, and knows how to handle (leash handing a 30 foot line is really important)
Straight line, aging, distractions on the tracks
This is primary focus at during first 5 weeks.
Will be teaching people how to lay training tracks as well.
Discussion on difference between the titles offered, pros and cons
Adding elements, age and distractions
Strategy for top handling
Preparing for test
Certification tracks for those that are ready.
We suggest the following:
Requirements for Dogs:
Any breed is welcome; any dog aggressive dogs will be run last and separate and must be identified before the class. Otherwise they will be excused.
Dogs should have a non-restrictive harness and a 30 foot lead. You may contact the instructor before the class if you have questions about this. If you are currently doing Nose Work with your dog in a harness, please get another different style harness for the tracking work.
For the handlers:
Bring a small notebook and a pouch or something to contain scent articles.
Wear supportive shoes, or preferably boots. During tracking it is easy to twist an ankle, so good footwear is important.
We will be outside so check the weather prior to class and dress appropriately. We will track regardless of the weather. Only heavy downpours and lightning will postpone the tracking. Bring a chair, water for you and the dogs. If you have any tracking materials from previous attempts, bring that too and we will look and see what else you need.
It is recommended that you download the rule book for tracking (RU9999.pdf) from the AKC web site and try to be familiar with its contents. This document can be found at: Tracking Regulations