TR102: Foundation Tracking 2

Posted in Course Descriptions

Instructor: Lucy Newton

Course Details

This course will continue to develop both drive and accuracy on foundation tracks. Our priority for this class will be to further develop the skills that the dog acquired in TR101. We will work towards increasing the spacing between the articles and also removing the food from the articles if needed.  As the dog contniues to develop confidence we will also start to develop the skills needed to be ready to start learning turns and, depending on the progression of the dogs, introduce very small changes of cover. The age and length of the track will be gradually increased at a rate that allows the dog to develop confidence, and to continue to teach himself the path to reinforcement.


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

Registration begins at 12:00noon PST.

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.

For answers to common questions about our classes, please see the FAQ page.

Prerequisites and Equipment

Gold level spots are restricted to dogs that have participated in Tracking 1 at any level of participation (Gold, Silver or Bronze). Silver and bronze do not have a prerequisite requirement.

You can purchase the lecture-only potion of TR101 from our Prerequisites Purchase page.

Equipment needed with be the same as for TR101 (http://fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/courses/17#prerequisites-and-equipment) However we will gradually be fading the green targets as the class progresses and using more brown work gloves (or similar) as targets. These can be purchased in bulk from home depot, lowes. etc.


This class is a continuation of TR101. As a result, while these are some of the goals for TR102, the specific topics will depend on the advancement level of each dog that is going through the course. Some dogs may still be working on increasing spacing while others will be starting to develop turning skills.

Review from TR101 and Overview of Class Goals

Adding variable to our tracks. More on line handling. Preparing for turns.

More on rates of progress, when to advance, more changes to variables, more intro to turns.

Continuing to shape turns. Changes to start routine. Preparing for Changes of Cover.

Changes of cover. Introduction to challenges ("puzzles")

More about turns. Developing training plans and determining what to work on within each session.

Course Testimonials


Lucy teaches an awesome course! She is so helpful and positive and detailed in her responses to all the videos. She really knows her stuff from her real-world police background, and she's superb at communicating it in a very unpretentious way. She has set the course up such that even Bronze students like me can make excellent progress...but I do wish it were easier to snag one of the Gold spots.              

I love the way Lucy trains. My dog progressed more in 6 weeks than she did in the previous 2 years. I wish I had taken this class sooner.        

This has been my second Gold level course with Lucy, and I have learned so much as well as been shown how to apply what I have learned - it has been simply amazing. The depth of her understanding of tracking and many years of experience shows through strongly when she has an idea for every different type of dog and creative issue they may present! And we sure have thrown every possible variation of things at her with a very varied group of dogs. But best of all for me, is that the method Lucy has been teaching us is totally consistent with the training philosophy and learning theory that I am already familiar with, so it was very easy to jump in and see where everything fitted. Thank you Lucy! Liz L.             

This was unlike any other tracking approach I have seen in 30 years. Making the track the reward seems obvious now. :) While we were unable to move forward due to dog injury and extreme summer heat, the lessons are laid out that I feel there will be minimal issues in starting again later this fall. Ms. Newton is a very engaging and highly skilled instructor, who shows a very keen interest in her students. Thank you for the opportunity to observe. :)            

TR102 is a great course to help with the foundation work. The instructor, Lucy, is awesome and very knowledgeable. It was interesting to read what she had to say to other students on resolving problems. Take it at the Gold level to get the most out of the program. I love it and will be back! Marianne J.           

Lucy is wonderful. I love her methods. She can clearly explain what she's teaching us and why. She wants to lay a solid foundation which is just awesome.            

Tracking is tough in my area because not that many people do it and it's hard to find good instructors. I've learned that the instructor is really, really important in dog training. I don't think there is a better person out there than Lucy Newton. Even if we had good solid instructors in my area I would still go with Lucy. She is very experienced, very sensitive to all kinds of dogs, and comes highly recommended from a lot of different people; she has shown in the two classes I've taken with her that she deserves the high praise.Instruction is very pertinent to each dog and spot on.

Lucy is a very keen observer of our dogs and their needs.