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Old 12-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My GSD, Maggie, is now 4 years old, is that too old to start training to track?

My second question is, assuming she is not too old to start tracking, what books, DVD's would you recommend?

Back-ground: I just recently retired as a professional pilot, so I now have plenty of time to spend training. Maggie, just completed her "Therapy Dog Evaluation" with a perfect score on all exercises. As many of you know obedience is an important part of that evaluation. She works off leash with hand signals only. So hopefully the issue of obedience is a step we will not be concerned with.

Do any of you know of group/individual in North Texas that could help?

All suggestions would be appreciated............

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Old 12-01-2013, 12:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No. It's not to late. Find a trainer to get you started. maybe a local IPO club?
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure I know what "IPO" stands for? I know when you tell me I'm going to feel like dumb&^$$..............
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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She's definitely not too old to start tracking! Here are a few links that might be helpful for you:

Club search for AKC style tracking:
American Kennel Club - Club Search and Directory

Club search for IPO (Schutzhund style) tracking:
GSDCA-WDA - https://www.gsdca-wda.org/documents/...st09112013.pdf
USCA - United Schutzhund Clubs of America ? Clubs

General tracking -
Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods: Glen R. Johnson: 9780914124047: Amazon.com: Books Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods: Glen R. Johnson: 9780914124047: Amazon.com: Books

Schutzhund style tracking (great tracking section) - TRAINING THE BEHAVIOR - TIPS, TECHNIQUES AND THEORY FOR THE WORKING DOG TRAINER - Dog Training and Behavior - Dogwise.com

AKC type tracking - NOVICE NOSEWORK - A PRIMER FOR BEGINNING TRACKERS - Dog Training and Behavior - Dogwise.com

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Thanks that info certainly gives me what I need to get started...........
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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4 years is not too old to start tracking!
Good health and condition assists in the development of a tracking dog. The ability to give lots of different experiences on different terrain also develops the skills required.
Tracking comes in several different "styles". Most people's perception is that of a dog carefully following a scent on the ground over a distance.
CKC /AKC tracking is different to IPO which is again different to SAR. The requirements determine how one trains - the objectives are different. Therefore it is necessary to sort that out before launching into "tracking".
It is possible to train "solo" but has its disadvantages - but depending on your locality, it may not be a choice. Tracking clubs may be useful - but again not always.
Being on Prince Edward Island, Canada - there was no other trackers when I started several years ago. We have since achieved CKC TD and TDX passes and are now working towards the equivalents in Urban tracking - all solo.
Go for it - it is a most rewarding skill to achieve for both you and your dog - creates an excellent team and bond. Enjoy and let us know how you progress.
There are specialised forums on the web that discuss all aspects of the sport.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I should have mentioned the following text:
"The Audible Nose"
Training your Newfoundland to track
by JUDI ADLER

An excellent text that covers an incredibly wide range of topics, techniques and skill development.
Do not be put off by the Newffie reference - the author breeds them and uses them as her reference point - no consequence on the content.

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