Phoenix Working Dogs will be hosting a tracking dog competition, tentatively slated for Fall 2020. More info on this will be posted on the website later.
For those tracking handlers who compete in tracking competitions, such as AKC, this is not set up like traditional ‘footstep’ tracking. In trailing, the dog is following human scent, dropped along the trail, rather than footsteps and ground disturbance odor. Dogs work a trail using both nose to ground tracking, and air scent abilities.
Trails will be urban and semi rural. Trails will only be about one quarter to one mile in length, with 1-2 turns. There will only be one target per trail, however, there may be other diversionary subjects along the trail, as well as surface changes and other distractors. Dog MUST correctly indicate on the target subject.
Every competing tracking team will have a separate trail. We do NOT run multiple dogs on the same trail, as that is not effective.
Currently, our plans call for TWO divisions; a Search & Rescue division, and a Sport division. We may add a law enforcement/military division IF we receive enough interest to justify another division.
Tracking Training in Washington State
If you are in Washington state, and interested in tracking/trailing, check out this trainer. Looks to be an interesting line up of classes and workshops. Jennifer was a tracking instructor at the recent Washington State SAR conference, held in Ellensburg, WA.