SH201: IPO Tracking - Skillbuilding

Instructor: Shade Whitesel

Course Details

 In Introduction to IPO Tracking, we taught the dogs how to follow the precise footsteps. Now, on to the fun part, following those footsteps to the articles! This course covers introducing articles to the track, by far the most important part of tracking for the dog. We also discuss in detail how to start skipping and taking away the food rewards in the track itself. This course is driven more by the gold spots as we work each team through a problem area each week. Terrain differences, weather, age, and common scent challenges are all covered in detail. Towards the end of the course, we also look at simple problem solving. Laying bait and articles intelligently on the track can help train your dog to solve those problems and emerge a more confident and independent tracker.

Participating teams should come out of this second IPO tracking course with enough knowledge and information to successfully earn up to an IPO 2 track. More “dirt time” will be needed than the 6 week course, though!

Here's a video to see some of our class skills:


Next session starts: June 1, 2017
Registration starts: May 22, 2017
Registration ends: June 15, 2017

Registration begins at 12:00noon PDT.

Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited. If you are interested in bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.


week 1: Articles/Fading Food/Straight Track with Articles and Food

week 2: Article indication (step 3)/Adding Baited Turns and Serpentines to Straights

week 3: Baiting/not baiting/Aging

week 4: Turns-variety/Not confirming Turns/Articles (again!)

week 5: Different terrain/proofing

week 6: articles/tracks from other people/problem solving

Prerequisites and Equipment

Prerequisites: For a gold or silver spot in this class you need to have taken Intro to Tracking at any level.

You can purchase the lecture-only potion of SH101 from our Prerequisites Purchase page.

Course Testimonials

A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ...

We made so much progress in Shade's tracking class. We went from food in almost every foot step to very little food on the track and we added in corners. We went from having a very basic start in article indication to a very good article indication within the track. Shade also picked up on some little things and helped us eliminate some conflict at the start of the track. I'm thrilled with the progress we made over the course of 6 weeks.

The tracking class is awesome. I've learned so much from Shade in both the IPO 1 and IPO 2 tracking class. I only wish the course was longer! I plan to continue with her tracking classes.                

This was my fourth course with Shade. She gets better and better. She made me feel welcome in class. She was always encouraging and gave excellent personalized advice. We will certainly be enrolling in her next course. Can't wait. Amy S.        

 I think Shade is a very good instructor, explained things well.      

Very competent advice and instructions. Was a big help. I especially liked the discussion board, where one could ask sometimes, ahem, rather unusual questions and get good answers. Great value for money/time. Looking forward to doing more in the future. Leonard "Buzz" Cecil          

 Shade's IPO Tracking class was wonderful! I've tried to start my dog on tracking a couple of times, but he was overenthusiastic about it to the point where I was being dragged across the field. That's not my idea of fun so we stopped working on it. This class helped break tracking down into achievable steps that clearly taught both the dog and I what to do in a way that was fun for both of us. Now we are well on our way to tracking successfully and can't wait to take the next class!   

This was an awesome course! I recommend this course to anyone! Shade has great patience with us, and had fantastic suggestions when we were stuck!!! I cannot recommend this course enough. I had been struggling by myself for three years trying to train IPO tracking, and finally I can see my dogs making progress, after only 6 weeks of this course! I could not have dreamed up better results! I am so happy.