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Thursday, May 10, 2012
More Scent Circle & Serpentine Work
Yesterday was the first time for Cheryl and Gracie learning the scent circle and the serpentine. Each dog in the class did a scent circle, was put away for a short period. This was a huge learning curve FOR THE OWNERS. A loose leash, walking dog toward the scent circle, and in each case, the dogs just dove in and began working on their own. Each dog occasionally went out of the scent circle, and almost immediately came back in to it. Quite eye opening for some.
Gracie is now out for the second time, and working along the serpentine. Really nice work, nose down, staying on the curved track. And each dog WAS ENTHUSED!
This is Ramona and Libby on their second "track" moving along the serpenting. Libby also kept her head down, she carries her nose a few inches up from the track, but that's her style...she was tracking along really well.
Here she has found her article. Libby is one of the 'old' dogs in the class, and isn't it great to have something like this to do!!
Gracie (two Gracies) just left her scent cirle, is moving along the straight line to the serpentine. She's doing it all on her own.
Ramona almost bumped into her, when Gracie stopped at one curve with a treat. I don't remember Gracie lifting her head for a moment, or slowing down.
Yay! Gracie had a straight line to her article, after leaving the serpentine. Really nice work.
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.