well, i didn't have enough to do, apparently. somebody in our Agility Club started a tracking 'fun' Club, and i signed up.
i know NOTHING about tracking other than the labs do some in some Hunt Tests.
what would be a good place to start to learn? -i prefer books/magazines, but will cheerfully read websites too!
any & all suggestions will be more than welcome, it would be nice to not act/look/feel like a complete idiot when i show up with 3 dogs for the first meet [or whatever it's called....]
thanks to all in advance!
I take my classes with a woman named Susan Eldred. She is also a Lab person. Her and her husband are both tracking judges as well.
They wrote a wonderful book called "Fascinating Scent". It is a very easy read and has really helped understand tracking from a dogs point of view.
Great starter book for anyone.
Susan has helped many people get started in tracking here in Michgan and Ohio.
I don't know where you can purchase the book other than from her direct.
thanks for all the replies & pm's--i had no idea there was such a wealth of info out there!
okay--first dumb question--is there any requirement for a particular type of harness? how long does the attached line have to be?--am i assuming wrongly there IS an attached line?
okay, okay, that's several dumb questions......[in Hunt Tests the dog just runs free under observation]
We're starting in tracking this November, too. Our trainer said that J & J tracking harnesses are pretty good. I just ordered a nylon harness for Scotty. J & J also has 40' tracking lines. I believe for a test, you have to be 20' away from the dog. So, many (at least local people) tie a short string into a knot at a 20' distance on their longer tracking line.
The harness that your dog wears must be non-restrictive, and that is the only special requirement...unfortunately for me, they didn't say it had to be a certain color, so we got one of each! I ordered them from above and he threw in matching collars so now she has a matching collar for before she is taken to the flag, and after. Style is everything right?
They also have matching lines...oh boy...$$$
I use a 40 ft line with a knot at 17ft so I know when I am getting regulation, and use just a little at that point...but just in case, I have extra line. I use cotton, as nylon burns your hands!