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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Emmas' Urban Track Monday
We did a short urban track for Emma on Monday. There was a bunny following me when I walked to start the scent pad; it circled around and popped out in front of me, crossing the track twice. Emma seemed to 'follow' it's scent a little, but came back to the track with a little urging.
Bit tough here, leaving grass and crossing a busy driveway to parking area, we cross and go over a brick walk before heading into grass again.
Emma is doing well here, navigating between bushes, trees and birdfeeders.
She has crossed another very busy and very wide driveway. She is about 4' to the left of the track and will shortly edge over that way and pick it up as it moves across the yellow guide and then under a tree where it turns right.
Tascha and Emma have crossed another driveway/parking area and a large expanse of grass where the first article (wood) was on pine needles. Emma indicated it fine. Heading onto another driveway, the MOT turn is just ahead.
The track moves up this driveway for quite some time before her final article. Emma chose to work the scent alongside the driveway against the grass. The wind was coming that way (see the flag). She actually came back out on the driveway before her article and then had to turn back to the grass to find it, having scented it as she went by. Afraid the pictures there were a total blue as she played with the article. It was very hot and humid and aged over an hour, so she did very well.
We train/compete in various dog sports, but Tracking has been my main interest since 1994. Five of my dogs have earned TDX titles,Trust has now earned her UTDX which gives her the title of a Canadian Tracking Champion!!! And Now!! Blast has just earned his Tracking Champion title after passing his UTDX Oct.21/12 at just 3 years of age! Blast earned his UTD, TDX and UTDX all in 2012, quite a feat! Tank is working towards the elusive UTDX in 2013. One of the most special is still our little rescued sheltie earning a TD at nearly fifteen years old! I offer tracking classes each spring and am very proud of my students who have earned titles. I've also done tracking seminars on occasion, usually aimed at beginners. I am a CKC Tracking Rep. for Northern Ont. as well as a CKC Canine Good Neighbour Evaluator.
We have been visiting a local nursing home weekly, when possible, for over six years, but presently have taken a reprieve from this.
Time spent with the dogs walking/running on our property is probably our most enjoyable activity. I also offer private in-home training to assist pet owners and their dogs/puppies.