Went to Medline for an urban tracking session. I'm continuing to focus on making sure Gimme understands to follow her nose when crossing landscaped islands and not just rush across and look for the track on the other side. I planned articles after each island and after each turn to keep her motivation up, since there are no more food drops.
Just as we arrived a thunderstorm dumped its load. It looked small and I could see clear sky not far away, so I decided to wait it out. As I laid the track there was a moderate breeze coming from the right, very wet ground and an intermittant sprinkle. It took me 8 minutes to lay the 295-yard track. We aged the track 30 minutes.
Overall I thought Gimme did a nice job. She zigged and zagged from side to side, but since the breeze was from the right when I laid it and from the left when she ran it, I figured there was a pretty wide dispersal pattern. I particularly liked what I saw when she worked the islands. Instead of rushing across, she'd get to the middle of the landscaping and then go back and forth on it looking for the track and when she didn't find it, she came toward me and worked the curb until she found it. She finished this track in 13 minutes.
I could tell she was really thinking and not just making assumptions, which pleases me to no end.
The rain and drizzle were gone by the time we finished running the track, so I decided to take her for a walk in the area. I could see the thunderstorm and I thought it was blowing away. Little did I know the wind direction had changed way up there, just like it did at ground level. As we got to the farthest point of our walk the thunderstorm found us. Fortunately it was less intense by that point. For most of this we were walking a paved path through the woods, so it wasn't too bad because the trees blocked much of the rain. The last half-mile was out in the open. Naturally the moment we were both in the car and ready to head home, then the rain stopped.
Keep your fingers crossed for us. This weekend we have a 3-day barn hunt, three classes a day. Should be fun.