Dog Tracking and Trailing Classes in Pennsylvania
SMELL IT. TRACK IT. FIND IT. LOVE IT!
With a keen sense of smell – 100,000 times stronger than humans – dogs are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer. K9 Tracking is a sport that demonstrates your dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent. You can learn easy exercises & games with your dog to discriminate scents and have an enjoyable experience while allowing your dog to use his natural talents. Gain a working relationship with your dog and give him the confidence that comes with a job well done. Dog Scent Tracking Training is an exciting adventure for your dog and a great way to work his natural abilities.
Would you like a chance to try out Tracking and see if it is a good sport for you and your dog? This class will cover basic concepts of tracking from how to start your track, motivational talk, and common commands to line work and article indication. This is a great place to start for those totally new to tracking or for those current trackers who need work on starts and article indication.
- Length: 4 Weekly Sessions
- Sessions of roughly 1.5 hours each
This covers everything from beginning tracking through getting more advanced tracks and added distance. At this level, starting to begin road crossings, 300+ yard tracks, and more advanced trail work.
- Length: 8 Weekly Sessions
- Sessions of roughly 1.5 hours each
Beginner and Basic Urban Tracking
It covers everything from beginning tracking through the basics of urban tracking. The class may be held at different parks and locations throughout the city. This will get your dog having a solid track through the woods, street crossings, and beginning to track in urban environments.
- Length: 12 Weekly Sessions
- Sessions of roughly 1.5 hours
Pennsylvania Dog Tracking Lessons
*Due to the nature of tracking, every dog can progress at different levels; however, above is a general guideline of where a dog will be*
Pay for your desired Training Package below
Call or Email us so to schedule tracking and trailing appointments.
Questions: (877)-655-9722 / [email protected]
***YOU MUST PAY FOR YOUR DESIRED TRAINING PACKAGE BEFORE SCHEDULING LESSONS***
**Email us at: [email protected] for more information about our Military/Emergency Services discount, and our Multiple Dog discount!
What is K9 Tracking?
Tracking is essentially maximizing your dog’s natural ability to follow a scent trail
Can any dog do tracking?
What can my dog track?
Your dog can track just about anything! From a person, clothing article, or almost anything with a scent!
Do you accept credit card payments?
Can I bring friends and family members to watch?
Where do we conduct these private sessions?
Local Public State Parks, basically any wooded area with vegetation.
When are your classes?
Our regular classes typically are in the evening for one night a week for one to two hours. Our tracking classes vary by session. Contact us for specific openings!
Do we still have class in bad weather?
In severe weather, classes will be cancelled. Call (877)-655-9722 to see if classes are cancelled. Tracking classes are generally still held in the rain; if you are unsure contact your tracking instructor.
Do you offer a discount if we sign up for your obedience training, too?
Yes! Email us at [email protected] in order to get a customized quote!
Are there official tracking certifications or is it just for fun?
Both! Many people do it just for fun with no desire to compete! As far as being certified, The American Kennel Club (AKC) is probably the best known but allows only purebred dogs. For the beginner level, or Tracking Dog (TD) title, the dog must follow a track 440 to 500 yards long with three to five turns and aged 30 minutes to two hours. At the end, he must indicate a scent article, such as a glove, to the handler. The Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) title requires intermediate tracking skills. At the most advanced level, or Variable Surface Tracking (VST) title, the track is 600 to 800 yards long with four to eight turns, aged three to five hours, and covers three different ground surfaces, mimicking an urban environment.
What equipment is needed?
For the first class, you only need to bring a hungry dog (if food motivated) on a buckle collar (no slip collars or leads), a 30ft leash, and high value treats. The first week you need a harness, buckle collar, 30 ft leash, a piece of cloth (shirt, hat, etc) to use as articles and high-value treats. It will also be more enjoyable if you have comfortable clothes and shoes or boots as you will spend a lot of time walking mostly in fields. We will have class regardless of weather and you need to practice in all types of weather – this is how you and your dog learn to track under different conditions. Weather can have a huge effect on your track.
Are there any prerequisite for the tracking class?
There are no class or age prerequisites for the tracking classes. Because the class is outdoors and with other dogs, we do require that you have your dog on preventative medications such as flea and tick control and heartworm and other parasite preventatives. Your dog will be on a leash at all times in this class, even when tracking.
How old should my dog be before beginning tracking?
There is not an age limit to begin training your dog to track. As long as a dog is physically able to handle long walks they will be fine. For puppies, we can modify the training to keep it shorter.
I am interested, but still have a couple questions!
No problem! Email us at [email protected]