TRACKING

The average dog's sense of smell is 45 times stronger than a human's, with 225 million scent receptors!  A dog's strong sense of smell is often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, explosives, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer!  Tracking is a sport that demonstrates a dog's natural ability to recognize and follow the scent of a person's footsteps, and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work.  Different from other sports where dogs respond to the handler's commands, when tracking the dog is in charge, using its nose to find and follow the scent.

You can start your dog in tracking as a puppy, as an adult or senior dog.  Puppies enjoy the mental and physical activity of learning to track and learn very quickly.  Even the senior dogs enjoy tracking, which provides mental stimulation and low-impact exercise to keep them fit.

An AKC-registered dog can earn Tracking titles by passing tracking tests that have increased degrees of complexity.  Eligibility to enter a tracking test requires the dog be certified by an official tracking judge.  Then, to earn a tracking title, a dog needs to pass the test in which he is exhibiting only once.  

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Classes are small and meet in a variety of local areas for a variety of tracking terrains

For class information or scheduling contact:  foothillfido@gmail.com