Last Friday we met with Nadine and her girls at Flaming Geyser park for tracking. I got a late start leaving the house because I was doing last minute packing for the weekend. Then I-5 was a parking lot. So I was really late. Nadine already had a track for us and a track for Sugar.
It was fair, with moist grass and only a light breeze. The track was 600 yards and 1:10 old when Gimme started on it. She did an excellent job on this track and it would have been a qualifying test.
At the first turn, Nadine told me Gimme was cutting the corner too much and had me call Gimme in and move past it. Gimme cooperated and basically turned as soon as I let her, then she angled into the same line she'd been on and was right at the first article in no time. The orange line is the path our interference caused her to take to get back on track.
From there she just aced the rest of the track. In the middle of the third and fourth legs there was a meander section as Nadine went up and then down narrow paths to get off the plateau. Gimme had no difficulty with either meander. In fact the uphill one she was pulling so hard it was really good assistance for me to get up the hill.
She did stall a bit at the last turn. So I re-scented her on the sock and then encouraged her to search again. She found the turn and drove to the end.
Given how much interference she got at the beginning, I should feel privileged she is willing to take me tracking at all. Fortunately she is a very determined girl. I think she is determined to teach me this tracking stuff. She does love a good challenge.