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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-26-2015, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Mini Brag: Tracking in Moon Dust



My trainer took this pic of us back in Nov'14 of Janka, my 7 y/o female, tracking in what was basically moon dust. It was a 150-pace track, with reward every 11 steps, 2 turns with the wind. He had that picture printed for us for Christmas last year. I love it. We are a team!!!

Quick background : We started in March'14, when she was 6 y/o. Initially we were just going for our BH, but Janka told us she wanted more.. so we are working on her tracking and protection. She graduated to the sleeve few weeks ago, and is developing great control in the bark-n-hold.. it's less frantic and more rhythmic. She still tries to get in a few dirty bites.

Our TD feels the Ob might be too much for her physically, at her age. But we play around with it. She loves the dumbbell retrieve (on the flat tho').

Gawd, I love this sport.

Janka vom Grunenfeld, BH (d.o.b. 10/12/07)
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As much as I love your enthusiasm(I have the same attitude!!) and I agree, it is such an addicting sport....I hate that a dog has to track in dust.
I fear for the respiratory systems health. I know of someone who had a bloodhound SAR dog and he died from a fungal infection after a training exercise.
After Karlo almost died of Lepto, I am uber cautious on what my dogs are sniffing, licking and scenting. But I know environment is always going to be a risk...no matter what.

Age is just a number! If she can do what is asked, why not allow her to get the IPO1?

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Thanks for the thought, Jane. Much appreciated!

We live in high dessert area, so a lot of times we are limited to tracking in dirt since there is absolutely no grass where we live. Also depending on where the trials are held, a lot of them around our area are in dirt too. But when it does rain, we try to milk the grass tracking for all it's worth. Other than that, the only grass available are on large sport fields, but it's a PITA. We lay our tracks at 6am (we tried 5am... I love this sport but while my trainer is, I admit I ain't as hardcore) and occasionally have to ask dog-walkers to stay away from our tracks.

This track was particularly brutal. We normally meet up really early so there is still moisture in the dirt... but it's so that the disturbed scent is stronger. I will definitely bring this up as a concern because I don't want to jeopardize my dog's health at the expense of a title.

I guess as a Mum, I worry if she can handle the jump at her age. She definitely loves going over obstacles, but that is tall! But no, you are right. Age is just a number! I really shouldn't limit her. Wise words...

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