The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
If you are just tracking for fun, I'd go with the AKC style of tracking - it is a more natural and instinctive way for the dogs to track.
Schutzhund tracking is very stylized - dogs MUST track, nose to the ground, footstep to footstep, and NEVER air scent. The training is painstaking, and takes a lot of problem solving skills from you as the trainer to teach your dog to track in such a precise manner, but it is very satisfying to figure out how to overcome tracking problems.
But if you are just looking for a new activity, AKC style tracking is probably better suited for a fun challenge. And you can still decide to go ahead and get some AKC tracking titles if you wanted. You could do Schutzhund style tracking, and enter AKC events and earn titles if you wanted, but it would be more work and effort than just going with AKC style tracking. (Not saying that AKC style tracking is easier, just different - it is still a lot of work and effort, but it is more about going from point A to point B, while in Schutzhund style tracking, every move from point A to point B is judged, evaluated, and graded - oops dog hesitated for a second, dog lifted his head for a nanosecond, dog changed his pace moving a bit faster, dog overshot the corner by a couple of feet before coming back to the track, dog did not lie down straight when indicating the article, and so on, and so on . . . ).
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