This is an introductory class for AKC tracking. 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 how to enter a tracking test. And part of each class will be spent outside tracking the dogs. The discussion part of the class will be at DTCCU (unless it is done via Zoom or Facebook because of COVID-19). 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. Each tracking session will last about two hours if one includes driving time to and from the tracking site.