Friday, January 15, 2016
Tracking Genius (23)
Gimme did really well with this track and took a couple of the same detours Cricket did. I think Gimme did better with the tire tracks. Probably the hardest part for her was only getting one article at the end.
Articles are real motivators for Gimme. I made it up to her by setting up an article circle with 6 legs and 6 articles. Each leg was about 33 yards long. She was the first dog to run the article circle and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
Sil Sanders doesn't recommend having multiple dogs run the same track (which I'm sure I've mentioned before) - mainly because you can never be sure what scent the second and subsequent dogs are following. I do see subsequent dogs take the same detours/diversions we saw with the first dog, so he certainly has a point. This is only the second time since the seminars (Jul & Aug 2015) where we've been the dog to follow. Nadine always lays the track and wanted to try Cricket out on a track with some age to it.
Sil is having seminars again this year and we are going to go to three of them. We are signed up already for the Tracking Fundamentals seminar (2nd weekend in April) and the TD & TDX Tracking seminar (mid May). Gimme is well beyond Fundamentals, but I want to do it as a refresher to make sure my handling skills are worthy of my great dog. I also want to sign up for Urban Basics for the TDU (late August) as soon as Sil gets the webpage finished. Plus I'm giving serious thought to auditing Advanced Urban for the VST (early September). Its going to be a fun year.
BTW you won't see as much tracking for us through early March - probably only a couple of outings. With taking two 12 hour shifts each week to care for my Mom, something had to give. So the plan is to get together every other Wednesday (on weeks I don't have RFE practice). Unfortunately, the first one of on the schedule is the same week Nadine is off to an obedience trial, so it'll be a couple more weeks before we get out again. I may go to the park and lay out an article circle...