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    Default Is 18 Months Old Enough to Do Tracking?

    I now have access to lovely land for tracking in. Is 18 months old enough?
    He's fit and active, tends toward lean. Obedient.
    Just to test the waters, ive laid straight line trails. Across paddocks. He can follow a straight line track. But its been years since ive done ths. And if obedience is anything to go by, things will of changed, lots.
    Can you recommend a starting point for Tracking Through Drive?

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    If I wanted to do tracking - and I've been thinking about it since my dog likes sniffing the ground almost as much as a beagle...

    I'd check the dogs vic site for Victorians (or dogs sa for SA) etc and find a tracking club and ask them.

    I think 18 months is plenty old enough even for a big dog.

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    Don't know if it helps, but on the Leerburg website there are a few books & dvd's about tracking? Maybe check there? There's a forum there too!

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    We do track and we track in the company of the GSD Club locally....They all start at ten weeks old. Katy was twelve weeks when she started, she loves it
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    12 weeks! blimey.
    I sort of thought, that if you have to wait till the dog is 1 before you do agility because of the jumpiong, as tracking is over rough ground, he'd have to jump. do you see what i mean?

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    Not that i can stop him jumping. He does it straight up in the air on release. And that's bad for him i guess too.

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    Tracking starts in increments over short tracks and easy ones at a young age. the first laid tracks are only very short. Katy would get so exited when she would follow her sock with tit-bits in them. She loves tracking and i think it is because she started so young. We just do not have enough time. laying tracks and finding places just takes too much out of our weekend. Water training and Obedience is sort of priority now. But we often "seek" my hubby or items on long walks
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    Tracking and laying trails! what time consuming this is~!
    ive given this up as a bad impulse on my part.

    Lazy tracking happening: i arrive 15 minutes behind my friend, and say "find Chloe!" and he's off. I follow. He finds Chloe his borderline collie girlfriend in 10 mins most days. Its very hilly, many trees/bush so he cant see far ahead. Its not tracking at all of course, not in the sport sense. But for finding things to keep a working dog mentally knackered by, it does the treat.

    Bernie how has better entertainment to be had with the 10 week old puppy sister he has had move into his bed, his bone cache, his water bowl, which he's taking in his stride lol.

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    Yes your dog is old enough for beginning tracking. A good tracking dog will be able to work through a variety of terrain as well as successfully maneuver turns and double backs that a subject might take.

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    if you are in the Mornington Peninsula in frankston dog club dose tracking at 7am on sataday mornings
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