seeing the proud announcement of Vandals dog gettting a TDX , made me think of a comment that Jocoyn made on the Anthony "find it" -- which was "Tracking for highest level competition under pressure probably not.
Having fun, maybe getting a TD or TDX I don't see why not" . Having a record number of dogs with TD's TDX's and Urban tracking dogs , I can tell you it is not easy, much more than having some fun and going out to "get" a TD or TDX . Good nerves required , otherwise the distraction and being out ahead and in the open will fold the dog. Even in schutzhund dogs seem to have difficulty with tracking -- melt downs . So congrats on your TDX - ms Vandal .
You know why?
Because most of the time it's the most neglected discipline. Most of the time people focus on obedience and protection, because it's fun. Tracking is something most do not have much passion for.
Those that really have the passion for it, like my trainer back in Germany, she was the national champion in tracking multiple times and she takes any breed, any type of dog and can use tracking to boost the confidence in a dog and put an FH1/2/3 on that dog but that is because she loves tracking. It's her thing.
I used tracking to boost Yukons confidence and he never folded or even recognized what was going on around him and he enjoyed it very much, it was his thing. It was easier for me to make him fold in agility than in tracking. Especially with food tracks (when they are that food driven as Yukon is), they can't do anything wrong and actually go from guidance to independently work it out and that is what boosts their confidence. They do something, they figure it out for themselves, they learn that they are left alone, and concentrate on the food track.
However, in Schutzhund itself, tracking is the one thing that a lot of people just want to avoid. Going out, laying that track, then coming back hours later, teaching the dog to indicate, it just seems to be the one thing that a lot of people don't like to do. So most dogs fold not because they don't have the nerves, it's because they are just not as well trained in tracking as they are in the other two sections. Plus, the limited tracking places and that more and more people don't want you on their land anymore.
At least that is my experience from years of watching.