Tracking is a sport that any dog can do, but Tollers, and indeed
most Sporting breeds, excel at this sport due to their ability to
find downed birds in all kinds of cover, usually by using their
Tracking is a great sport for young puppies who aren't ready for
the rigors of competition but still need an outlet for their great
Puppies as young as four months easily catch on to "find it"
and it's a great confidence builder for both dog and handler as
the dog learns to do something on its own and the handler truly
learns the meaning of the words "trust your dog."
There is no one-on-one competition involved so there is little
to no pressure during a tracking test (other than the pressure you
put on yourself). The tracking fraternity is a small one, and all
the other competitors are out there rooting for you and your dog.
For everyone there is only a pass or fail, not a competitive score.
A CKC Tracking Dog Test (TD) tests dog and handler over
a 400-500 metre track which has been laid by a stranger to the dog.
This track has a minimum of two turns and one glove laid at the
end of the track. The track is no less than one half hour old and
no older than two hours.
The CKC Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) is often compared to
the "quantum leap" from Novice to Utility in obedience.
Laura Norie and CH Colony's Sailor's Delight TD
CD "Sharkie" working a track