Tracking is a technique in which dogs are trained to locate certain objects by using the object’s scent. This vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes, and one in which handlers take the back seat, letting their dog do what comes naturally to them.
Level 1 focuses on the basics of tracking. Handlers will develop skills to lay a simple track for their own and other students dogs. The dogs will learn to put their nose to the ground to follow a scent, then follow that scent when it changes direction. Level 1 also works with the handler’s leash handling and the dog’s article indication.
Prerequisites: Current or previous students of TCOTC. Students who haven’t trained at TCOTC are welcome if you have previously trained with positive reinforcement methods (i.e. clicker/marker training, operant conditioning, shaping). All students must attend Orientation on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in TCOTC’s Star Room.
Membership is required to take classes at TCOTC. Membership fees are $25 for a Single Membership and $35 for a Household Membership. If you are a new member, you will be prompted to choose a membership level upon enrolling for Tracking 1.
Be sure to check our policies for children in class and allowed training equipment.
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. starting April 3, Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., starting April 3. Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids
Level 2 builds on basic skill with the goal of preparing teams for a tracking test. Level 2 tracking teams will increase track length as well as adding more turns for the dog to follow and more challenging terrain. The handlers will learn how to better read/undertand their dogs behavior and the “art” of mapping the track they lay. Level 2 will also start working on variable surfaces (pavement, dirt, etc.)
Prerequisite: Tracking 1