AN ACTIVITY FOR DOGS THAT LOVE SNIFFING THE GROUND AND ENJOY WALKING.
This discipline uses the dogs best asset – his nose. A well trained dog can tell what he is tracking, whether it be male or female, alive or dead and whether it is edible. Your job is to try and hang on to the 10 metre lead and try not to guide your dog – just letting the dog go where he wants to go.
This is very tiring on the dogs and you as a handler so make sure both you and the dog are FIT.
Once the dogs are trained they can enter competitions to compete for their titles. The sport is governed by Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC).
THE BASICS OF TRACKING
- A ‘tracklayer’ follows a map and directions
- Every so often the tracklayer drops an article (eg. sock)
- At the end of the track the tracklayer hides in a designated spot and waits for the dog and handler to (hopefully) find them
- The dog needs to acknowledge when they find a dropped article. This gives the handler confidence they are going in the right direction