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Old 04-01-2012, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Benny will be 3 in April and I have decided to start tracking.
We have been playing "Find the keys, toy and hide and seek" since he was a puppy. I think the focus needed in tracking will be good for my easily amped up boy.

We will be taking 5 private lessons from Julia Priest who our trainer Lisa Maze recomended. I am very blessed to have great trainers around who know GSD's!

Julia trains for both Schutzhund style and AKC style tracking. I would love to hear from those who do both. What is the difference?
I am not looking for titles; just trying to bring Benny to his full potential and give him a happy life.
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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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I just brought Stark out today for his first track of the year!

I would have to agree with Lucia, AKC/CKC would be a much "easier" training endevour than schutzhund style tracking. If you are not looking for titles, then I would definitely go with AKC/CKC.

If I hadn't started Stark out doing schH style tracking, I would of done CKC.

Have fun with it! I enjoy tracking my dogs, there is a 'zen' there that I can't find with anything else...
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. AKC sounds like where I want to start. We have our first session a week from tomorrow. I ordered Benny a harness. Julia said to bring lots of treats and his favorite toys to start with. She said my biothane long line will be perfect.
Julia lives right next door to the herding trainer who gave Benny his herding test when he was 18 months and she is Julia's herding trainer! Maybe we will go from tracking lesson to herding lesson ( not on the same day!) I ordered this harness Julia recommended in a medium and hope it fits. Benny's girth is 35 measured loose. Med said 31-36 and large was 37-43

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I've heard a lot of good stuff about Julia on this forum - you are lucky to have her as a trainer.

That harness looks really nice! I think you guys are gonna really enjoy this.
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