So it is now time for week three of tracking class. I did train my dogs twice this week at home on a serpentine course and a course with some dog legs (45 degree turns). Dixie has continued the same style of casting over the track but has managed to stay on all the tracks. Today we will be training at Ross Township Walking Park. We have had a fair amount of snow and the ground is completely snow covered. We are scheduled to track at 11 am as one of the last teams to track today. I am heading over early in order to help lay tracks if needed. I am taking Dixie and Dynamite with plans to track both today.
I arrive at the park at a little after 9 am and to my surprise the only people here are Dawn and Deb. It seems most of the class has decided it was just to cold and slippery out to track today. They are expecting a couple people to come but they are not scheduled to track until late. We decide to go ahead and work Dixie and Dynamite on their track. This drag is a series of dog legs (45 degree angle) turns with several food drops.
Dawn is going to follow me on this track and reload the food for Dynamite as we go. So we are off to track through the snow. Dixie is thrilled to be out tracking again. She scents the sock and takes off on the track. She is pulling very hard, yet still casting over the track. It is very windy. We get to the first Food Drop and I reward Dixie and hand the container back to Dawn. She says it is very good that Dixie is starts to take control and pull me forward on the track. As we make the first turn Dixie takes off down the track, no longer casting and quickly moves to the next food drop, so fast in fact that dawn is still pretty far behind us. As I try to replace the food container the wind picks up the empty container and blows it away….I am sure we will find it on some future tracking day. Dixie does over shoot the next turn and it takes a bit but she does work it out and finish the track up nicely. Dawn is pleased with her progress and suggest I start doing more dog leg turns at home and continue to reduce the food. I am also to start getting Dixie to play with the glove more.