As I have mentioned before, entering a Tracking Dog test requires that a dog pass a regulation track (i.e., identical to an actual test) under the watchful eye of one judge (a "real" test is two judges); the judge then "certifies" that the dog is ready to enter a test.
We are proud of Barb and Maddie Madison (F Litter) who recently attended a nine day (!) tracking camp and got certified easily -- Baby Sister Maddie clearly has the family tracking genes and good job to Barb for learning how to handle this powerhouse tracker!!!! Here is a picture of the happy event:
I would not mind nine days of tracking but with a bunch of people?! No thanks! Group tracking is not my thing at all -- but it clearly worked for them so YEA!
Maddie's littermate, Peaches Sula, recently got certified for a new dog sport called Nosework -- it involves finding designated scent, much like how a drug dog finds contraband. Apparently the F Litter likes to sniff -- we know Karen and Maya Darby are also doing good tracking work back east :) Great work Sniffers!