Victoria of Valley Canine asked me to photograph her tracking course. I had such a fun time running around following the dogs as they tracked and I definitely got my exercise in!
About Tracking and the Course:
This is an extensive course that will teach your dog to track scent. In the course your dog will learn how to track human scent and animal scent. This program teaches you and your dog all the essentials to a successful track. Tracking is such a fun and exciting activity to do with your dog! When Victoria was in school she did 10 hours of in class tracking training and 50 hours of tracking out in the field. Her German Shepherd, Nala, started the first day with a 200 yard track and by the end of 3 weeks she was tracking a person who was hidden in the forest 2045 yards away; that is over a kilometer away!
In This Course You Will Learn:
How to lay a proper track, The different types of tracks, how to use articles on track, how to properly end a track, equipment that will be needed, common handler faults, how weather influences tracking, how to work a proper tracking relationship with your dog, how to prepare your dog for the track, the science behind the tracking nose, surface awareness, how the olfactory system of a dogs nose works, different types of tracking (tracking vs trailing), fundamentals of tracking dogs, indications/signs the dog will show during a track, how to properly handle your dog during a track, and hand on experience handling your dog during a track.
The People/Competition Side Of Tracking:
- In this course your dog will learn how to search for human scent, and will track a person who has laid a trail and hidden at the end.
- This prepares and teaches the dog for, search and rescue, sport Tracking (CKC tracking test and CKC competitions and Schutzhund competitions)
- Tracking dogs can be used in many different situations, such as, police work, search and rescue, explosives searching, drug searches, dog sports and for hunting.
The Hunting/Animal Side Of Tracking:
- In this course your dog will also learn how to track animal scent (for hunting/tracking animals) ie. a person will drag a deer pelt behind them as they lay a track.
This will teach the dog:
- Tracking Deer and many other wild animals
- Trailing/tracking a blood trail of a wounded or deceased animal (for hunting)
To find out more about what Valley Canine has to offer visit http://www.valleycanine.net!