Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday in the Park... with Rigby!

Saturdays are our tracking days and we spend the mornings at Mingo Creek County Park in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania with our tracking friends!

It's been a while since I posted some videos of Rigby tracking, so here we go.  The one video is quite long, so if you're going to skip one, skip that one -- I'll post it last. 

The first video shows no tracking, it just shows how excited Rigby gets waiting to track.  In this video she is watching Ellen, a/k/a The Hot Dog Lady, lay her first track of the day.  She really is enthusiastic about tracking, to say the least.

This next video is her first track of the day today.  This is the first time Rigby saw two flags on her track. In a Tracking Test event there are two flags present, the start flag, where the tracklayer leaves a scented article, and the flag 30 yards away that gives the handler the direction of the first leg of the track.  Rigby did not seem phased by the second flag at all.

Rigby's third track of the day was shorter than the other two and went in a downhill direction.  She had finally settled in by this point and did a nice job on this track.  Today we also decided that at the end of each track I will sit down and play with Rigby to make the interaction at the end of the track more personal.  This seems to be a pleasant way to enjoy tracking with my pup!

The last video for today is of Rigby's 2nd track.  This was a long track, 100 yards long.  With the wind and the track laid across a hill Rigby had some problems at first and kept going uphill instead of staying straight on the track.  Once she figured out the scenting patterns she settled in and did well.  If you're not going to watch this whole video (and I don't blame you) at least watch the end and the fun play we have together.  To me that's the best part of this video and the best part of the day!

Special thanks to Rich Seibert for filming today's tracks.  It's not easy to walk in a hilly, rutted, grassy field and hold the camera steady and keep everyone in focus, et cetera, and Rich did a great job!!

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