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Teach Your Dog to Track ~ Tracking Tips

Teaching your dog to track takes more time and physical space than any of the basic obedience exercises. Also, some breeds of dogs are better at tracking and have better "noses" than others. Among the better tracking breeds are bloodhounds, beagles, most of the hound breeds, German shepherds and collies. For these exercises you will need some equipment. A harness is necessary for this kind of training, since your dog will be pulling you at times. A slip chain collar won't do, since it will be tightening on his neck. The leash must be at least 30 feet long and be made of a flat fabric or leather if possible.

How To Get Your Tracking Titles

Even though we're not recognized by the AKC yet, we can still compete and get tracking titles. We just have to do it under mixed breed. Here's how:

The most common venue is through AMBOR (American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration) under an AKC tracking judge. The AKC tracking rules require that prior to entering a trial for its first tracking title, the Tracking Dog title (TD), the dog must be certified on a regulation type track by an AKC judge. Once the dog is certified, then it must then pass the TD test at a trial, under the observation of two AKC judges. The tracks are plotted by the judges the day before the test and one spare or alternate track is often plotted in case there is a problem with one of the testing tracks. AKC rules are available on line or can be obtained by calling or writing the AKC.

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