This is an introductory AKC tracking class. No knowledge of tracking is expected at the start of the class. By the end of the class handler/dog teams should understand the rules for AKC tracking and how to enter a test and be able to complete a track with one corner. Each class will last for 3-4 hours. Part of each class will be spent discussing scent theory, equipment, handling, AKC tracking rules and regulations. And part of each class will be spent outside tracking the dogs. The discussion part of the class will be at DTCCU. The field portion of the class will be held in various areas in Champaign County.
Tracking tests are held in a variety of weather conditions so this class will be held in adverse, though not dangerous, weather and handlers will need to dress appropriately.
The homework load for this class is rigorous. Handlers are expected to track 3 times/week outside of class, regardless of the weather which can be a challenge. During the winter months this means class participants may be tracking in the dark.
There is no minimum age to start tracking. Puppies are welcome as are dogs that do not yet have obedience training.
The class will meet for four weeks during the Winter session.