Tracking is a sport that has been available for a number of years. In tracking, the dog must follow a predefined scent (laid by the tracklayer) and locate specific article (s) left by the tracklayer.

In tracking, it is the dog who knows where the track is, not the handler. In a test, it is the dog who is in charge, not the handler.

Key skills any successful handler must possess are patience and how to read the dog’s body language, when the dog is on or off the track. English Cocker Spaniel

There are no class placements awarded in a tracking tests, one either passes or fails and only one pass is required for completion of each title.

In Canada, the following tracking titles are awarded TD (Tracking Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), UTD (Urban Tracking Dog) and UTDX (Urban Tracking Dog Excellent). Both the TDX and UTDX demand rigor in training for the aged tracks in each test and the mental and physical stamina required for the dog to work of the length of the track.

Once a dog has completed its TD, TDX, UTD and UTDX, it is awarded the title of TCh., (Tracking Champion) by the CKC, a worthy accomplishment.

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