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Post by Lorraine on Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:32 pm

Tomorrow (28th) is Tristan's fourth birthday - I don't know where the time has gone! Today he and I had a day away from all the others and joined an APDT activity day to do some tracking. He loved it, and we had a lovely time. There were six of us in the class, another shepherd, a goldie, a collie, a Stafford and a terrier cross. The lady with the shep kindly took some photos whilst we were having our turn; please excuse the fact that Tristan needs a good brushing!













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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by LyndaW on Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:18 pm

That looks fun, Lorraine - thanks for the lovely photos.

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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:50 pm

It was, thank you Lydda happy
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Post by Caryll on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:47 am

I've always fancied trying some tracking, but never got round to it. Looks a lot of fun - did he pick it up easily?

P.S. Happy birthday Tristan!!!!!!!

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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:23 pm

Thanks Caryll. Yes, he was on it almost straight away. You start by lying treats in the track over a short distance to reach an object at the end. We used a tennis ball, as he loves those; he ignored the treats and went straight to the ball right from the off. The hardest part is learning how to handle the long line correctly, and trusting your dog. If you get the opportunity, I would recommend it happy
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Post by LyndaW on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:00 pm

I'd love to try this with Kuchar, because compared with my previous Dobies he seems to have a great tracking instinct. He often tracks "something" and as he was never a "sexy" dog, even when entire, I don't think it's a bitch! He's very very Attention Deficit though (over-excitable) so maybe it's not for him.
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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:36 pm

Actually, Tristan is very much an over-excitable, ditzy kind of dog who barely resembles the stereotypical smart GSD! He can be quite lead reactive at even a fair distance, but when his nose went down to follow the track he blocked everything else out, and was very focussed and did very well. If you get the chance, I'd thoroughly recommend it happy
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Post by LyndaW on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:44 pm

I would like to give it a try, just to see if Kuchar is capable of tracking a missing person!
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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:53 pm

I'm sue he is! Tristan was more interested in finding his tennis ball! laughing
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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Shisa on Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:38 am

LyndaW wrote:I would like to give it a try, just to see if Kuchar is capable of tracking a missing person!

Getting up to tracking a person is going to take dedication and work from you but it's fun.
I did Search and Rescue with Xan so Kuchar will be able to do it. There's lots of reading material on the internet so you can start teaching him the basics now.
It's self rewarding in the beginning so most dogs take to it instantly.
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:11 am

Happy belated birthday, Tristan! happy

Looks like it was a lot of fun! happy
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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Caryll on Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:57 am

Lorraine wrote:  If you get the opportunity, I would recommend it happy

I'm not so sure that Dempsey is tracking material! laughing

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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:57 pm

Eleanor wrote:Happy belated birthday, Tristan! happy

Looks like it was a lot of fun! happy

Thank you, it was!!! happy
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:12 pm

And he looks handsome as always, by the way! happy The ruffled look suits him!
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Re: Tracking for Tristan's birthday

Post by Lorraine on Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:00 pm

laughing Scruffy, you mean!
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Post by Eleanor on Wed Jul 01, 2015 9:28 pm

Aww, bless him! laughing I'd go with 'fluffy' instead!
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