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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-10-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Tracking fields

I'm going to start tracking with my dog soon!
What I was wondering is, what type of field you choose to track in?

and, is it possible to track in hard or soft dirt, dirt roads, corn fields?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 12:14 AM
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We started out and still track some days on sod farm fields. I also track in long grass/weeds, dirt and at local parks, etc. I have also done some cement/asphalt tracking with Stark!

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I track in very sandy soil, almost like beach sand but firmer. It's harder than grass as there is no disturbed vegetation scent discrimination and the dog has to rely on the scent of the track layer. I think it is slower/harder to teach this way but as our club tracking guy says, if they can track on sand they can track anywhere.
If you are tracking and intending to trial I would suggest you track on the same type of ground you trial on.
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I track in all different kinds of conditions to train my dog to learn in all conditions.

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You should pick one surface type to start with and keep with that until your dog has got a good hang of basic tracking, is executing corners precisely, has good nose down and is really enjoying the sport. You should introduce only one variable at a time, so I wouldn't recommend mixing surfaces for a beginner dog.
Shortish dewy grass or plowed field is always a good starting surface, it's relatively easy for the dog and you can also make out your track so you know for sure when you are on the right line.
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In our area we don't really have the luxury of starting on just grass, so we work all surfaces as well. Doesn't seem to phase them, they pick it up pretty quick.
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you can use most school properties for tracking. i love our schools here, especially in the summer. hardly anyone is there. there are huge baseball fields to use. and there is dirt around the baseball diamond which is nice for a different surface. as long as you clean up any dog poop, most schools, and such properties let you use them. i also use the outskirts of the two local airports, and a few fields of people i know close by.

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I have the luxury of living within walking distance to a couple of huge areas, also the beach..I really love these fields because you never know what kind of wildlife (deer/coyote mostly), are around so alot of scent discrimination.

Its never mowed so its' great and the beach is about 100 yards from the fields.

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Nice. looks like Masi is enjoying those fields! looks like a good tick hideout!

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