Ebook: Tracking From The Ground Up

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Sandy Ganz & Susan Boyd
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This book contains step by step lesson plans, personal tracking experiences and actual problem prevention and solving. The basic training philosophy provides the opportunity for the dog to be accurate and well motivated in his work while both he & the handler enjoy tracking together. It will help prepare the tracker for TD and TDX tests. This is one of the best books we have for training AKC tracking because it's easy to read and follow -- it works!

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    Tracking from the Ground Up

    Posted by Allyson Tohme on 7th Sep 2022

    The book starts with a fleeting overview of scent and an equally brief summary of why one would want to track. The info on equipment for both dog and handler is basic but the chapter on factors to be taken into account when tracklaying is very useful for a beginner. One of the key points in the chapter on motivation is how handlers often insist on working a track combining all the elements one might meet much too frequently which will diminish any positive attitude the dog may have. There is a model training schedule for a puppy (from 7 weeks); however it does suggest that each track is increased in length which could be demotivating were the tracks any longer than the very few yards they recommend. The book suggests that you increase in 5 yard increments post the first week or so; (probably a little slower/shorter than many of us do)! A detailed training schedule follows for the adult dog with clear objectives and problem solving techniques. Alternative training methods are discussed including food deprivation, toys and blindfolding the dog (should the need arise). Rebuilding motivation is explored as well as proofing tracking with some interesting points to consider. The tome also explores corners and article indication; cross tracks, changes of cover and obstacles. Although this book is not heavily illustrated there are some very useful detailed diagrams which clarified the points being made. This book has a very logical approach to training with distinct progressive steps. I believe this book has merit for the beginner and experienced alike.