Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Burnt Chimney, VA.
Well the actual rulebook states the following:
The start (also after the restarts after locating the articles) must be done by the dog. A certain amount of slack is permitted in using the line. The dog has to start intensely, calm and with a deep nose. Taking the scent must be done without handler influence (except for the command to “Track”). The scent pad is not under any time constraints; furthermore the judge (LR) has to observe the behaviour of the dog at the beginning of the first leg as to how intensely he orients himself to the taking the scent.
What was discussed at the meeting may or may not filter down to all judges. What was stated was the following:
10. When giving the command to track on restarting the dog after articles, the handler must be “close” to the dog, either beside or just behind, standing upright, with line above his/her knee.
Starts and re-starts have traditionally been done next to the dog on your left side.
Just trying to give you a heads up. You can start anywhere you like, they're your points to lose.
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