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How To Get Your Tracking Titles

For an AMBOR dog to obtain a title they need to make arrangements with an AKC judge to test their dog on a blind track (a track that is unknown to the handler) in accordance with AKC rules. AMBOR does not require that the dog be certified before being tested and only one judge is necessary. If you are working at an AKC tracking trial and are fortunate, then the AKC club and a judge may be willing to allow you to test at the end of the event on the alternate track if has not been used, but this is not common practice and should probably best be discussed with the club and the judges before the trial. If you have any prior knowledge of where the alternate track has been laid then it cannot be used by you as a valid test track under AMBOR. Also remember there may be AKC dogs whose owners would like them to certify and they would be given priority over a mixed breed. However if you go to the AKC website under events you can find a list of judges. You can start with selecting judges who live closest to you and write them a polite letter inquiring if they would be willing to test a mixed breed dog for his TD title. You can then arrange with the judge to test your dog. Basically you are hiring an AKC judge to be the judge at a non-AKC tracking trial in which your dog may be the only participate. For the AKC judge this will be similar to doing the certification test for an AKC dog. You will need to obtain an AMBOR Versa form which the judge will need to complete and which you will send in to AMBOR. Forms are currently available upon request by writing AMBOR but may eventually be available on line. You should also obtain a copy of the tracking map that has been signed by the judge and send in a copy of this map to AMBOR.

The Canadian Kennel Club has a tracking program similar to the AKC. AMBOR will also award tracking titles earned under CKC judges. CKC does have a UTD (Urban Tracking Dog) title which is not currently available under the AKC program but is acceptable to AMBOR.

The Mixed Breed Dog Club (MBDCA) of America also offers tracking titles in a manner that is similar to AMBOR except the judges must be approved by MBDCA, you need to be a member of MBDCA, and you need to obtain their form which includes an area on which a map of the test track must be drawn.

The next and most difficult to find method of obtaining a tracking title is through the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). ASCA allows non-Aussies who have a tracking number to enter their tracking trails. Just a side note, this tracking number is for tracking scores obtained at all ASCA events and is not limited to Tracking Trials. ASCA tracking rules are nearly identical to AKC tracking rules and are available on line.

In this case you are entering your dog in a sanctioned trial.

To enter an ASCA Tracking Trial for your dog’s TD you will need to have your dog certified by an ASCA judge the same as the AKC requires AKC dogs to certify prior to entering an AKC tracking trial to test for a TD. A tracking title earned within the past 3 years, from another registry that is equivalent in distance and difficulty to the ASCA tracking test may be substituted for a pre-certification test. The number of dogs entered in tracking trials often exceeds the number of slots available and which dogs are selected from the entries submitted is done by lottery draw. Non-titled registered Australian Shepherds have priority in the draw. If you get into the trial and pass the test, ASCA will issue your dog a TD title. Dogs that do not get into the trail are listed as alternates in case one of the dogs selected drops out. If you are the first alternate dog you need to plan to attend the tracking trial with your dogs in case one of the selected dogs cancels at the last moment. Judges are limited in the number of dogs they can test during a tracking trial so if the alternate track is not used during the course of the trial the judges cannot test another dog and have it count toward an ASCA tracking title.

To obtain rules for tracking:

AKC: http://www.akc.org/events/tracking/ Phone: 919.233.9767 EST

judges directory: http://www.akc.org/judges_directory/index.cfm?action=oat

CKC: http://www.tcow.net/files/2007-CKC-Tracking-Regs.pdf

judges directory: http://www.ckc.ca/en/Default.aspx?tabid=88

ASCA: http://www.asca.org/Programs+/Tracking Phone: (979) 778-1082

DVG: http://www.dvgamerica.com/rules.html Phone: (972) 617-2988

USA: see DVG for online tracking rules. To purchase rule book from USA:

Address: 3810 Paule Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125-1718
Phone: (314) 638-9686 Fax: (314) 638-0609

AMBOR: http://www.ambor.us/

MBDCA: http://www.mbdca.org/

A brief description of tracking titles your dogs can earn:

AMBOR or ASCA

Prerequisite: ASCA: Certification prior to TD test

Tracking equipment: 20 foot line minimum, tracking harness

Title

Length

Age

Turns

Cross Tracks

Articles

TD

440-500 yds.

30 min. to 2 hrs

3-5

no

1

TDX

800-1,000 yds.

3-5 hours

5-7

2 sets of two

4

(Obstacles and change of terrain required)

VST

600-800 yds.

3-5 hours

4-8

naturally occurring

4

(Part of track must be on a non-vegetative surface. Track is laid in an area that

includes structures and in an area regularly used by people so scent discrimination

is important.)

DVG or USA

Prerequisite: BH

Equipment: 33 foot line minimum,

May track free or with line attached to either collar or harness

Title

Length

Age

Turns

Cross tracks

Articles

TR1

300 paces

20 minutes

2

no

2

(Handler lays their own track)

TR2

400 paces

30 minutes

2

no

2

TR3

600 paces

1 hour

5

no

3

FH 1

1,200 paces

3 hours

7

yes

4

FH 2

1,800 paces

3 hours

8

2

7

(Includes acute turns and curves. Change in terrain required.)

Happy Tracking

Nancy Skinner

*Accomplished Titles: UUD Timber ASCA-CD, AMBOR-TD, TR3, BH, CGC

UACHX, UOCH Baron, AMBOR-UDX, ASCA-CDX, BH, CGC

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