Peak Performance: Tracking

Peak Performance: Tracking

Recently a client of mine asked, “What’s next for my dog?”  I suggested she watch a video about Tracking with your dog.

Tracking requires very little equipment. You just need a harness, a 20-to-40 foot lead, a few flags to mark your track and an open grassy area free of obstacles such as roads, ditches or woods.

To be eligible to exhibit a dog in tracking tests, a dog must be:

• Registered with the AKC, enrolled in the AKC  Indefinite Listing Privilege (ILP) program,   or be a Foundation Stock Service (FSS) recorded breed that meets the eligibility requirements for competition

• 6 months of age or older

The American Kennel Club is a good place to start your research if you’re interested in Tracking. Visit

You and your dog can learn Tracking without ever exhibiting in a tracking test.  Tracking is great exercise and fun for you and your dog. Although if you are interested in competing in tracking with your dog, your dog can earn titles in Tracking; TD = Tracking Dog, TDX = Tracking Dog Excellent, VST = Variable Surface Tracker, and CT = Champion Tracker and is awarded only to dogs who have earned all three previous titles.

The following is a list of tracking breeds provided by which is a great website.  They have lots of information about Tracking from where to find clubs to what you equipment you need.

  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bassett Hound
  • Belgian Shepherd
  • Border Collie
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dachschund
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • German Pinscher
  • Golden Retriever
  • Havanese
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature Pinscher
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever
  • Rottweiler
  • Pembroke Corgi
  • Standard Poodle
  • Papillon

If you’re in the Denver area check out Denver-Foothills Tracking Association Saturday July 24, 2010 they will be holding a tracking seminar, tracklayer skills. Register by July 21, 2010.  This seminar will give you an opportunity to learn all that you can about tracking and ask some great questions.  This club has been together since 1985 in Denver and has a lot of experience.


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