All breeds of dog can learn to track – it uses their natural scenting instincts which is enjoyable and rewarding.
Tracking involves training a dog to follow a ground scent trail and find any discarded articles of clothing along the track. Dogs must wear a tracking harness, and must track at the end of a 10 metre lead, unless topography makes this difficult.
Tracking in NSW is done mostly in winter, due to the risk of snakes and heat of summer. A number of obedience and tracking clubs teach tracking, in which a dog and handler may learn how to track. Some of these clubs also run tracking trials, where dogs and handlers can enter to gain their tracking titles.
To be eligible for entry in Tracking Trials a dog must have passed the Preliminary Tracking qualification test.
Results: Recent winners
About Tracking: Learn more
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Shows & Trials Guide: What's on the event calendar?
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