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MASTERING VARIABLE SURFACE TRACKING BOOK AND WORKBOOK
by Ed Presnall (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition:
2004 Paperback, 226 pages

ISBN: 9781929242139
Item: DGT230
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Summary: Are you looking for a new challenge for your tracking dog? Try the AKC sport of Variable Surface Tracking or VST, a tracking sport that can be done in an urban setting. “Component training” breaks down skills for ease of learning. Includes a workbook.

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Train your dog for tracking in the urban environment!
Are you looking for a new challenge for your tracking dog? Are you interested in trying the sport of AKC tracking with a young dog? Both experienced tracking teams and newcomers to the sport can achieve a VST title using the techniques in this new book and workbook set. SAR and Police K-9 units will find this information invaluable in their work.
Component Training™ is widely recognized as THE way to teach Variable Surface Tracking. This method works equally well for dogs that have already achieved TD or TDX titles or for beginning trackers. Breaking the complete track down into individual elements and teaching each challenge before putting together a complete track offers handler and dog the opportunity to perfect each element and assures a high rate of success.

255 B & W photographs & illustrations (book), 110 diagrams (workbook).

This is the information you need to learn about Variable Surface Tracking!
• The history of Variable Surface Tracking.
• The AKC requirements for a VST title.
• The theory of scent and how a dog uses it to track.
• The differences between TD, TDX, and VST.
• What “component training” is and how to use it to train your tracking dog.
• A step-by-step program that will help you and your dog become a successful VST team.
• How to map and evaluate your training process.

Here's what experts say about Mastering Variable Surface Tracking
The tracking community is fortunate to have the benefit of Ed Presnall’s fountain of knowledge about VST in this very thorough book.
Lois Ballard, AKC Earthdog Judge, owner & trainer of AKC Mini-Wirehaired Dachshunds.

Mastering Variable Surface Tracking is a necessary and enlightening addition to the tracking enthusiast’s library.
Ev & Anne Campbell, AKC Tracking Judges, owners & trainers of AKC Golden Retrievers.

What impressed me about Ed’s practical approach is its scientific bent, which incorporates not only animal behavior but also the physics and chemistry of scent.
Dana Vaughan, PhD., University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Department of Biology, owner, trainer, and exhibitor of multi-talented AKC dogs since 1977.

Author Ed Presnall is a consultant, instructor and tracking judge who is recognized as one of the leading trainers in the sport of tracking. He spends much of his time teaching, training and writing about dogs. He has earned multiple VST and Champion Tracker titles with his dogs. As a multi-award winning member of the Dog Writer’s Association of America, his articles and stories are published in many dog related magazines, newsletters and websites. Mastering Variable Surface Tracking is his fourth book.


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Take your tracking beyond field work, July 11, 2007
Reviewer: Tami Hawes
If you and your dog have mastered tracking in fields, move beyond them and learn how to track on a variable surface - like concrete.

The tracking book gets you through the exercise of learning how to track on a variable surfac. The workbook helps you succeed.
 
Who Better Than Ed ??, October 10, 2003
Reviewer: An & Ev Campbell, AKC Judges
I don’t know of anyone who is more qualified to author a book about training dogs and handlers to be successful variable surface tracking teams.

During the 7 years since the recognition of Variable Surface Tracking by the American Kennel Club, 70 dogs representing 25 breeds have succeeded in earning the coveted VST title. Ed Presnall owns and handled six of these dogs, in five different breeds and has trained many more dogs who have earned the title. His first book, Component Training for Variable Surface Tracking, has provided guidelines for the many possible components that, when combined, make up a regulation variable surface track. Unlike many other dog sport venues, VST is influenced by many factors that are unknown. Environmental conditions including, but not limited to weather, roads, buildings, terrain, different surfaces--both vegetated and non-vegetated - drains, vents, etc. all affect the position and movement of scent left by the tracklayer. Variable surface tracking is an extremely complex task for the dog and the handler must be sophisticated enough to understand what the dog is trying to communicate while working the track.

Over the years, handlers, trainers, and judges have learned a great deal about this sport. At first, many people were doubtful that it could be accomplished. Mr. Presnall believed it could be done from the very beginning and set out to study dog behavior, the effect of the multiple variables in many combinations, and the communication channels between dogs and their handlers. Mastering Variable Surface Tracking: The Component Training Approach provides the serious trainer with a way to think about the complexities of training a VST dog. Mr. Presnall’s careful observations and analyses of many dogs and handlers in a wide variety of environmental settings, both in training and testing situations, as well as the breakdown of tracks into their components, has provided the basis for the development of this dynamic approach for training a VST dog. His thoughtfulness, dedication, experience, patience, and keen observational skills are clearly shown throughout this book. Ed Presnall is both an outstanding author and a master teacher.

The challenges offered by VST as well as the fascination with the incredible ability that is exhibited by dogs at work, compel interested handlers to continually study this sport. The more one observes and learns, the more questions are raised. Mastering Variable Surface Tracking: The Component Training Approach is a necessary and enlightening addition to the tracking enthusiast’s library.
 

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