Matt, I had an exciting tracking weekend, handling 2 dogs to their TD. I know Beckie told you about her TD. Peach blazed along, really committed to the corners following our singular practice the Monday before (in the pouring rain) using huge rewards of cut up grilled cheese after the corners! She did her track of 450 yds in 5 minutes and the judge commented that “This was how it should be done.” Another comment to me was “You came prepared.” My hours on the treadmill and elliptical paid off since I also did the 450 yds in 5 minutes over some pretty rough field and didn’t die.
Seti’s track was the first one of the day and was in a rolling field with short grass. He was enthusiastic to start and headed right on out and of course he went at his steady pace. His corners were very clean although the wind direction caused a brief problem where he overshot the second corner and I ended up standing on it, so I backed up and rescented him. He gave me a big stink eye and marched off on the correct path never looking back. On the final turn we were about 20 feet from the glove and he caught a cross wind coming through a break in the fence. So after about 5 minutes of standing there air scenting and ignoring my please to “find it,” I backed up and yelled for him and he came, I rescented and he headed right to the glove, grabbing it and throwing it a bit. The judge told me he was about to have a heart attack. I think we all were!
So, we did our 450 yds in 27 minutes. Seti earned his TD and this also earned him his AKC VCD1 (Versatile Companion Dog 1; Dog must have CD, TD, NAJ & NJP). Since Seti will turn 12 years of age on Feb. 28th this is a great accomplishment for him considering due to previous back injuries and now a heart condition, our training has been limited. This now makes him AKC/UKC CH Kaleidoscope Set In Stone VCD1 RAE SHH NFP OAJ OAP THD and he has previously earned his BHCA Versatility Certificate Excellent. Now he will move on to have fun in AKC Scent Work.
We started training with you in 2014 and the firm basics which you taught us paid off.
On the TDX attempt, Navy sought out and found the tracklayer hiding behind her car after catching her scent off the first turn. He became agitated and upset when I tried to get him to go back to the start. In his mind he found her and was done. We tried to walk the track with the tracklayer but he was too upset and would not settle down, so I thought it best to not push the issue. The judge told me that even though he had to put “Quit Working” on the reason to fail, he said if he gets lost in the woods with Alzheimer’s, send this dog to find him. Maybe next time we will get that elusive TDX.
Thanks for all your help and hopefully we can get a class in if it ever stops being ice and snow and rain.