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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Got our akc tracking cert. today

I'm really happy and relieved! I've been tracking with Yana since last Fall, but didn't read the rules or figure out what I was doing until a couple months ago. Since January, I've been tracking her daily, sometimes 2x/day. My knees and back are killing me; she pulls like a freight train and I'm 195 lb man. So, just a little brag from a newbie. She's my first pup. Hoping to get into 1 of 2 remaining TDs of the season then start our SAR trailing training. My team has been super supportive and patient. Also a big thank you to Christa Wendlandt and Julia Priest, a couple of accomplished tracking trainers!
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That's awesome! Congratulations!
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Exciting. Congratulations on the accomplishment.
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That's awesome, congrats to you two! It takes a lot of dedication to do that much training, looking forward to hearing about your future accomplishments with tracking.
Just curious as I'm also really into tracking but we do IPO, what all is involved in the initial AKC tracking certification?

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^ Steve Strom showed me the very basics of IPO tracking which is different from AKC tracking. Someone who's done IPO tracking could say what's involved. As far as I can tell, the dog must follow every foot step and indicate articles by downing on them with the article between its front legs. That's all I know about IPO. AKC TD: Articles only at start and finish, ~500 yards, 3-5 tuns, flag at start and 30 yards out from start to indicate initial DOT. The dog only has to follow the track, not each footstep, so my pup hauls ass when she's totally on. I taught her to down at articles, but all they have to do is indicate the article to you and you pick it up. I know a breeder/trainer/handler who's done both (IPO Nationals) and said AKC is more valuable as a foundation to SAR, which is my ultimate goal with my pup. I don't want to start a debate and can't comment on IPO which looks more like an exercise in discipline to me. I'm just following what one of my successful SAR mentors suggested.
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Congratulations! Very exciting!

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CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

It is a proud and exhilarating moment, isn't it?

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CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

It is a proud and exhilarating moment, isn't it?

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Thank you for all you help!
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Congratulations, it's so good when hard work pays off.

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