Ed Presnall’s new book Component Training for TD and TDU is a complete guide for anyone who wants to succeed on their journey into the dog sport of Competition Tracking and earn an AKC Tracking Dog (TD) or Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) title. Easy to follow but full of important details, much like the tracks laid down for the dogs, this book is an ideal resource for all levels, whether the reader is brand new to tracking or is an experienced handler who is seeking a solution to a problem at trial.
Presnall's newest book also highlights two essential tools for success: components and the mental mindset. Presnall believes that success in tracking isn't just a mastery of technical skills, but emphasizes the importance of having a healthy self-image, a belief in your dog, and a desire to have fun outdoors together. In Component Training, each element of the whole track is broken down into components and the author demontstrates how to practice each component separately to build longer tracks with your dog so both teammates have fun and are encouraged by acknowledging what went well with each walk. Tracking teams form a relationship unique to other sports like agility and obedience since in TD and TDU, the handler relies on the dog's superior nose to lead the way. Both ends of the leash have a chance to learn something new in Component Training for TU and TDU.
Author Ed Presnall is the author of Mastering Variable Surface Tracking: The Component Training Approach and 8 other books, creator of the Component Training method, founder of Component Training Camps, The Ultimate Tracking Experience and a tracking judge for all levels. He lives with his dogs in Albion. Michigan.