Cantor Tracking

Cantor attended a tracking seminar in September 2017 and showed real enthusiasm for tracking.  We started off doing very short tracks (approximately 10 steps) with food in each footstep. On the second one, when he started nose down before we reached the flag and went right down the track, so the instructor said he was doing so well that we should just do food every 2 or 3 steps, varying frequency.  On the third track she introduced a curve and he did so well she said he was ready for longer tracks. Then she asked if I was willing to try a couple of 90 degree turns with him while she had the others watch him for any body signals that he was on or off track. I said sure. She laid the track. She told the others she would try it with him because she was sure he wouldn’t be blown away by trying turns this early and it would really help them begin learning to read a dog. He overshot the first turn and on his own circled behind me and found it. Not pretty, but he was so obviously working out he problem that I was proud of him. On the second turn he lay down and did a perfect indication on the flag, with it between his front feet and his nose tugging the flag part. Everyone laughed (these nosework dogs!) but she said to reward him because, after all, it DID have her scent on it. Then he turned and went down the third leg to the glove. After we discussed what he had done and what people had noticed, she invited anyone else who wanted to try it but got no takers. No one felt their dog was close to ready for a turn regardless of how well they did on the curve. Of course none have done tracking like I did for close to 30 years (got 4 or 5 TD’s, last one in 2000) and had one dog ready for TDX who got hurt so we never competed, and SAR tracking (wilderness & urban) and a tiny bit of Schutzhund tracking. One person had been to a tracking seminar and the others have never done any at all though all are doing nosework.  He did very well on the second day, too, showing that he really enjoys working out problems. I think we pushed him too far at the seminar but it didn’t hurt him.  For a dog of his high intelligence, it was important that he learn from the beginning that a track can go anywhere.  A few of us are getting together to continue tracking, though the weather hasn’t cooperated.  It seems like every time we can track, it’s raining and snowing.   I’m hoping to get him far enough along this fall that we can quit using the flags to mark the curves or turns on the track (that we do in the beginning to be sure the dog is actually following where the tracklayer walked rather than wandering).  On the last time we tracked, we did get a couple of photos of him on one track, and one of him on another.  Hopefully I’ll be able to add more before the snow stays on the ground and ends tracking for the winter.  Many thanks to Barb Walseth for these photos! 

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