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Friday, June 15, 2012
Last Kira Track for a Few Days
I was able to get out really early this morning to lay a short track for Kira. Was a light dew overnight, a little damp still in shaded areas. The next week has high temps. and high humidity every day in the 30's. Above, Kira has just gone a few feet off the start.
I left random food drops, and less on this track. She had been tending to pass the food, but then would want to turn back to it. I wanted to correct this. I felt she moved at a better and steadier pace along the track today.
I laid it in a meandering fashion, some in curved pathways and some in open area. So it was partly like serpentines, and partly straight with a few turns. Above, she has just made a nice right turn, with a food drop about 2' past the corner.
Kira is working along this pathway very nicely right on the track.
She had made another turn here and was just moving out on the straighter section. She was very focused and I was pleased, as we've also not done anything for a few days.
Suddenly, she stopped dead and refused to move forward. This was very, very strange. I had not noticed anything when I laid the track, but she wasn't moving. Of course, I always think 'bear' first. I heard and saw nothing. She wasn't barking or growling, but wasn't moving. Very odd. Finally I walked up beside her and got her to go forward. She was a bit hesitant, but walked a few feet and then put her nose down again. No idea what happened here. It was very strange. She did not act "afraid" at all, but wasn't going!!!
So, we've passed this previous area, and she's moving fine again.
We're getting near the end, and she has picked up a little speed.
We come to a decision here, left or right? She turned left, lost scent, lifted her head and had a look around. (Any connection to where she stopped dead a little further back???) Quickly she put her head down again, and shortly turn right.
Very shortly, she zoomed in on her article, a sock. Good girl! I had her tug for her to play with after this. And she happily almost ripped my arms off me playing with it!
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.