Tracking is one of the most highly specialized disciplines in dog sports, only relatively few four-legged friends have the necessary above-average nasal predisposition. The prerequisite for the tracking dog test is that your four-legged friend has successfully passed the companion dog test. After thorough training, the dog may be presented for the companion dog test at the age of 12 months – all in the context of a time-protected event in a member association of the VDH.
Already during the training to become a service dog, it becomes clear how resilient the dog is, what skills it has and what the best further training for it should aim. During the test, the dog must prove its track safety on a 1,000 to 1,400 step long and at least three hours old foreign track and track down four objects of use. The examination regulations should be explained in detail in the dog sports club. There you can also help and advise interested parties in preparation for the exam. These experienced dog athletes can also assess whether your animal is even suitable for training as a tracking dog.
Interested parties should not be put off by the high demands, but should definitely try whether dog and person are suitable for tracking, because it promotes cooperation between dog and owner and is a good way to promote the dog mentally and to work to let.