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Six Happy Trackers

Six Happy Trackers

When the sheep were moved out of the fields I got around to wondering if Xmas would be a good time to run some ‘Beginner’ and L1 & L2 tracking tests. So the first job was to find an assessor at this busy time of year and fortunately Maurice Millington came to the rescue saying that he could be available on ‘New Years’ day. I easily managed to round up 6 teams as it seems that dog folk like...

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Autumn Tracking Tests

Autumn Tracking Tests

Well I hoped to run some L1 and L2 tracking tests this Autumn but owing to the sheep moving into my fields, just after the hay was cut I wondered if it was going to be possible. So after alot of running around and asking folk if they knew of any fields available, Ali Brannen who was hoping to take her L1, said that there might be a field where she kept her horse. Fortunately the field wasn’t too...

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UKTDA – L1 (Novice) and ‘Beginners’ Tests.

UKTDA – L1 (Novice) and ‘Beginners’ Tests.

Last week I ran a tracking test for my tracking newbies, ably assisted by our assessor Chris Gregory who travelled all the way down from Warwick. Thank you Chris. We had 5 people and 6 dogs taking the test. Four teams did the ‘Beginners’ tracking test and two others did the UKTDA -L1 (Novice) test. The ‘Beginners’ tracking test comprised of a ‘box’ consisting of 4 legs of between 30-40 paces and...

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May and the Month for Rain

May and the Month for Rain

Yes, I have had to cancel more tracking sessions during the month of May than I have to had all Winter; strange isn’t it? Last weekend I went with a friend to see Sketch & Bo’s pups again and my, haven’t they grown!  Lou, the breeder has decided to keep the solid red bitch pup as she seems to have wriggled her way into the ‘Pink’ families hearts. Miss Ruby, seems to be the...

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It’s January and plenty is going on!

It’s January and plenty is going on!

Well the first ‘scent’ classes started last Thursday 8th January and we had 6 eager teams with a whole variety of different breeds. We started the session with ‘pairing’ the scent with food in a shoe box and when the dogs got the idea we added up to five ‘un-scented’ boxes making the choice for the dog more challenging. All the dogs were then introduced to luggage by placing small pieces of...

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Level 2 & Level 3 UKTDA tracking tests

Level 2 & Level 3 UKTDA tracking tests

I assessed 5 teams today, two doing L3 and three doing L2. Again the dogs included many breeds – a Golden Retriever, 2 Spaniel crosses, GSD, and a Collie. We started with a draw for the two L3’s tracks and first up was Di and her GSD dog Finn. Finn appeared to struggle on the first leg casting several times before he settled down and found the first two articles quite easily. Finn was...

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