Tracking Video

I am excited to share this video! It is the view from above of a tracking dog — specifically, Harper B for Best Tracker.

It starts with a short view of track laying and the site, which is where the June tracking test is held — so amazing.

The video then shifts to following us on the track right before the first of four turns. Here is what to watch for:

  1. See if you can tell when Harper is on the track and when she is searching a bit. Harper is a superb tracking dog and spends very little time searching — but if you watch closely you will see search/indication for every corner.

  2. Note that when she is searching I handle her differently — I slow down or stop (or fall), and I will back up. The cover is a lot of bunch grass and Harper is fast — you will see me go down!

  3. Harper finds three articles on this track. The indication at the first was solid. In watching the video I see that she indicated the second but it was subtle and I missed it — I spotted the article and asked, “what did you find” and that drew her back to it. The third and final article was indicated clearly.

Let me know what you think — and if this video is a helpful tracking tutorial.

Changing Season & Ponder This

In spite of a vigorous training schedule for the past four months, it is apparently not Claire’s year for a TDX.

She was first alternate at the specialty TDX test and she is third alternate at our local test, even with a Worker Certificate advantage.

Tracking Season is now closed for 2019. It is getting hot and the grass will dry up — time to shift gears.

I am a wee bit disappointed that we did not get in a test, but the Disappointment Channel is a real downer and so I switched my mental channel to a happier one. And yes, it is a choice where to park your brain just as much as it is a choice where to park your backside.

The Hope Channel is my favorite — it plays all the happy events and days ahead in an endless loop. One of the shows on the Hope Channel is that amazing day when Claire earns a TDX.

In the meantime, we are turning our attention to other events — and growing coat. No Hair Claire is definitely sporting her summer outfit these days.

Coming up in June — two days of obedience for Harper B, and a return to AGILITY — not Harper for Begone Agility (perish the thought says Harper) but for Daisy and Claire. How fun is that?!

Today’s Ponder This from my stewarding vantage point — who looks their very best when gagging and choking?

Tracking Thoughts

All dog sports require skills in both communication and collaboration, but I actually think tracking might be the ultimate team sport in Life with Dogs.

Although the human guides the training, it is a dog that directs the activity.

Claire on a TEN turn track earlier this week.

Claire on a TEN turn track earlier this week.

Force and compulsion, too often part of the experience in other dog sports, doesn’t really work in tracking.

This means the human has to be more smart than bully in their temperament and their training. Sadly, that actually does not work for some in their personal Life with Dogs.

Team Sundance — they are READY for the Specialty Tracking Test.

Team Sundance — they are READY for the Specialty Tracking Test.

Those types are missing out. I feel sad for them — and their dogs. They will never know the thrill of finding the end of a track.

Claire was well-rewarded for her long and complicated track with lunch.

Claire was well-rewarded for her long and complicated track with lunch.

And thrill it is — there is nothing like it.

Happy Sunday, Friends.