It was a chilly December morning, but the weatherman had promised a warm-up as the day progressed and I hoped that by the time Rigby would track the temperatures would climb at least close to 40 degrees so that she would not be too cold. At first it didn't seem that the sun was going to cooperate and we all felt the day was colder than we had thought it would be until, suddenly, it was like someone turned on a heater and the air temps started to climb and it was a perfect day for a puppy's first track.
Four dogs and their owners gathered this morning to work on their tracking skills and I'll post photos of each of the dogs tracking before I get to the videos of Rigby on her first tracks.
First to track today was Greta, a Giant Schnauzer. Greta is Rich's first tracking dog and they are learning the ropes together. Greta was also Rich's wife Terri's "A" dog in the obedience ring and just a few weeks ago Terri and Greta earned their Utility Dog title -- congratulations!!
The next dog to track was Phil's Dalmatian Cuomo, who passed her TD at the GTOTC tracking test in November. She is really coming along nicely since she started working on her TDX skills.
|Tracking in the woods.|
Once Rigby understands the "game" of tracking the food will be placed further and further apart and, once she can do tracks of at least a hundred yard easily and enthusiastically, turns will gradually be started.
I'll try to get some more video of her in a few weeks so that we can keep track of her progress. I think she's going to be a very fun tracking dog!
Thanks to Phil for laying the tracks and to Ellen for the photos and to Rich for the videos! I'm so happy to have video and photos of the start of Rigby's tracking training!
I knew that Rigby would be tired after her long morning in the car for her first tracking day, we were at the park from 8:00 until almost noon! When I fed her a meal after returning home she ate it in her crate laying down. Then she slept all afternoon and when it was time for her next meal she ate it sitting down, where she normally eats standing up. I played with her a bit in the evening, but even though she spent most of her day in the crate resting, she slept through the night and, on Sunday morning, when given her breakfast she once again ate it standing up.