Vizslas and Tracking
Melissa O Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote the following
Tracking Titles article in 1977 to provide Vizsla owners a brief
highlight about the title, what it tells you about the Vizsla,
and references. To see a list of dogs having eared the Tracking
Dog title click here: TD Title Winners.
The purpose of a Tracking Test is to demonstrate the dog's
ability to recognize and follow human scent, a skill that is in
the service of mankind.
Tracking, by nature, is a vigorous, noncompetitive outdoor sport.
Tracking Tests demonstrate the willingness and enjoyment of the
dog in its work, and should always represent the best in
sportsmanship and camaraderie by the the people involved. [AKC
Tracking Regulations, 1995]
AKC Tracking Titles:
Tracking Dog (TD)
Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)
Variable Surface Tracking (VST)
Champion Tracker (CT)
"Theory and Methods", by Wentworth Brown
(Arner Publications (1975)
"Bring Your Nose Over Here", by Wentworth Brown
(ASAP Pub. 1984)
"Go Find! Training Your Dog to Track" , by L. W. Davis
( Howell Books 1974)
"Tracking Dog Excellent" , by Sandy Ganz and Susan Boyd
(Show-Me Pub. 1989; ISBN # 89-091810
(see Craig Green's tracking articles)
Tracking is a wonderful way to explore what you and your
companion (partner) can do as a team in the field. Each time you
train, you are met with new challenges.
Some handlers may choose to enter additional tests when they are
practicing for advanced work,and the test may offer terrain
challenges to prepare them for TDX or VST work.
Try to contact clubs in your area about tracking &
"catch the scent!"