Try Tracking


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What is it about?

Tracking is something that comes naturally to each and every dog, no matter what age, what breed or what size. Teaching your dog to track is the perfect to way to spend time together, build your relationship, and challenge both of you mentally and physically. You can teach very young puppies to track even before they can start formal obedience training, and these positive methods work with adult dogs, too.

* Tracking is fun both you and your dog when you use these positive methods.
* Any age dog can be taught to track—6 week-old puppies on up to senior citizens.
* It improves fitness for both dog and owner!
* It is mentally stimulating for both of you.
* You’ll gain a new-found respect for just how smart your dog is.

About the Author

Carolyn has instructed classes in obedience and tracking for years as well as presenting tracking seminars throughout the Midwest. She has put several tracking titles on her own dogs and is an emeritus AKC Tracking Test Judge and active in animal- assisted therapy. Carolyn is an award winning writer, whose work has appeared in several national and regional dog – related publications.

When was it published? 2005

Who published it? Dogwise Publishing

Illustrations- Black and white photographs and diagrams

Reviews- DOG WORLD
A book about training tracking skills to just-weaned puppies might seem surprising at first, but Carolyn A. Krause reasons, that it’s the perfect age to teach independent thinking. By 7 weeks of age, a puppy’s computer is totally switched on, but his brain is not cluttered with learned behavior,” She writes. “He can learn more easily now than at any time in his life.” The author’s own Dalmatian bitch earned her tracking certification at 12 weeks old, after only four weeks of training. The pup went on to earn her Tracking Dog title on her 6-month birthday, in windy, freezing conditions in which four adult dogs didn’t pass. Try Tracking has two declared goals. First, to train both dog and handler to the level of a TD title, including not only dog training methods, but also handling skills. Second, Krause seeks to lay out coursework for readers to follow independently. In most cases, not even an assistant is required. One of the most important keys is the handler’s knowing where is the track is—a deceptively difficult task. One chapter is devoted to the theory of laying tracks, placing flags, and making maps. Other invaluable skills, such as reading your dog, line handling, equipment selection, keeping a tracking diary, and evaluating weather and land conditions, are also discussed. For handlers seriously interested in earning a TD, Krause recommends a strong commitment—up to six days a week for the first four weeks of training—to build a solid foundation. Depending on the age of the track, this can require anywhere from 15 minutes to more than two hours per lesson. The six week lesson plan includes daily tracks as well as tips, cautions, and challenges for each week. This primer, small enough to tuck into a tracking bag, will find a devoted audience among performance-minded puppy owners. Even those with older dogs may find the techniques useful, as the final chapter is devoted specifically to the training, motivation, and encouragement required for adults. Rebecca Morse

Dogs come equipped with an extremely powerful ability. They all can smell hundreds of times better than humans can. It is how they relate to the world and as pet owners it is something that can be used in your relationship with your dog. All dogs can track. Tracking involves following a ground scent left along a route. This is something that can be done with dogs of any age, although an older dog may need a bit more patience at first. Author Carolyn Krause describes it as”great fun for both you and your puppy. For you, it offers a window into the mind of the dog. For the puppy, it develops his learning abilities, confidence and temperamental stability. This connection with your dog as you work together gives the dog a rare opportunity to be in charge. Anyone can learn to do this and it will be a benefit to both you and your dog. Krause provides an easy to fallow guild to the entire process, from suggested location, equipment, rewards, time commitment and techniques. She includes descriptions of tracking layouts and suggested lesson plans. As your puppy improves so will the satisfaction you will feel from both of your achievements. The advanced techniques described at the end of the book will give you something to work towards. Terry Peters

“Our canine companions have been blessed with a sense of smell that some say is a thousand times greater than our own. “Try Tracking: The Puppy Tracking Primer” will teach you how to get the most out of your puppy’s excellent nose, how to refine it’s natural instincts, and how to increase the bond between you and your pet. Tracking is fun for both you and your dog, improves both of your fitness, and you’ll gain respect to just how your dog works. The methods put forth are said to be able to work with any age of dog from seven weeks of age to elderly canines, and for that, “Try Tracking” is enthusiastically recommended for dog owners everywhere and community library collections dealing with canine obedience and training.” James A. Cox


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