The basics of tracking
Tracking is a great teamwork building sport for you and your dog. Dogs track naturally; the fun part is teaching them a game you can play together. In tracking, the dog takes the lead, guiding the handler to items left by the track-layer and ignoring cross tracks by wildlife and humans (as well as distractions like critters and what they leave behind). The handler needs to learn to read the dog’s behavior and body language to tell if the dog is on the track and working or just taking a stroll and sniffing.
The basics of tracking will introduce the sport of tracking. We’ll discuss how to get started tracking, how the dogs follow scent (or our best guess) and what to expect at a tracking test.
About the instructor
Deborah Abbott trained her first dog, border-collie mix, when she was 15 years old in 4-H obedience (and that was a really long ago). As an adult, she has titled eight dogs (of four different breeds) in obedience, agility, rally, tracking and hunting, including three performance championships. Deb’s first two AKC-certified tracking dogs became Champion Trackers, and her third certified dog recently completed an AKC Tracking Dog Title. In all her dog sports, Deb has worked with some of the most accomplished trainers in each field, focusing on solid foundation/fundamentals and building a relationship with each dog. Deb also teaches people in various dogs sports, training handlers with dog breeds in every AKC group.