TR210: Tracking Challenges and Distractions

Instructor: Lucy Newton

Course Details

This class will focus solely on an important and critical aspect of tracking: STARTS! A dog can be a fantastic tracker, but if he fails to get off the start, then all that skill is pointless.  In this class, we will work short tracks and concentrate on shaping correct starts. In addition to working on smooth starts we will take the opportunity to work through challenges and distractions. We will put these close to the beginning of the short tracks we do for the class but they will include many of the distractions or challenges that you may find on a track. We work these challenges and distractions by challenging the dog - but only in increments that he can handle. The goal is to create conditions that are challenging (and some occur quite often in trialing), set the dog up for success, and then jackpot him with the reward for completing the short track successfully. This class requires that the students be creative and enthusuastic in seeking out the correct conditions. We want to control the distractions and setup EXACTLY what the dog needs in order to be successful.