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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Training a family dog to track??

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I plan to take my puppy to obedience classes because in the past I wasn't able to accomplish anything other than sit, high five and give paw.

I've been reading quite a bit about training and I'm fascinated by tracking dogs. Would it be strange to train my dog to do this even though she wouldn't be a working dog or anything?

Has anyone else tried to train their dog to track? I would love to hear about your experiences!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 12:53 PM
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Not at all, as a matter of face I plan on doing the same with my pup. I've been reading "Tracking Dog: Theory and Methods" by Glen R. Johnson and it's been an awesome source of information. Very detail on training , mostly for AKC tracking titles, but he does mention some Schutzhund tracking stuff as well since his dog held AKC tracking and Schutzhund titles. It's fun and I can't wait to try out the puppy tracks. Good luck! I would see if you can find an AKC tracking club or a Schutzhund club near you, it can't hurt to have folks around to pick their brains.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 11:28 PM
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I'm currently training two different dogs in tracking. One, I'm hoping to be one of, if not the first, AKC All American TD (oh heck, not just TD, but CT). She's retired from competitive obedience due to an iffy temperament, but loves to work, so we started tracking, on the off chance that the AKC would open tracking up to mixed breeds, which they finally did. I'm hoping to have her ready for certification by January or February.

The other is my GSD, whom I'm also training in obedience and rally. Trust me, she's not going to be setting the world on fire in any of the three venues, but I do have the goal of her getting at least a TD with her, in addition to obedience/rally titles.

However, they are pets first, and competition dogs second. Even if neither one ever passes a tracking test, we'll have had fun.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 01:26 AM
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It sounds like a great way to keep the dog mentally occupied. My dog hasnt tracked yet buy loves searching for objects, its her favorite thing.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 05:59 PM
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I trained my terrier to track but she was a little too distracted for me to accomplish anything.
Now I have a GSD and one reason I got her is because I wanted to do tracking with her. We're just starting out and I hope she's going to do well.

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