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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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tracking dogs getting better with age?

So, what does everyone think about dogs getting better at tracking as they get older? Has anyone ever worked a tracking dog from a young age to old, continuously in a competitive environment (FH, VST, TDX, StP, etc)?

My gut says any dog that spends close to a decade in a tracking/scent sports would be quite good, even if entering the early phases of physical decline.

Does anyone have any personal experience?

Have there been any really old dogs competing in the National or World Championships for IPO-FH?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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So, no one, has had a healthy, older shepherd, that continued competitive tracking, into their twilight years?

What about cross venue trained dogs, doing AKC, FCI, etc?
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Ace vom Rheinland made the AWDF FCI IPO FH World team last year and is 9 years old.
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I laid tracks for a 12 year old LE K9, and that dog was amazing. I know how to throw off a dog, and I couldn't shake him in 4 hours of laying track. He is a Mal, now retired. We called him gray face

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for pointing out some examples. Thats what I was looking for.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2015, 10:16 AM
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now deceased PSD partner K-9 Kanto was still tracking off lead and making captures at 11 y/o when I retired him.
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