|Dog Tracking Club of Maine
Dog Tracking Club of Maine Meeting Dates, 2015
February 21, 2016 meeting; Barron Center in Portland
March 13, at the Awards Banquet, location TBA
(DUES DUE ON Jan. 1st, 2015; $15.00/year)
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION (PDF)
Members: CLICK HERE for 2015 Awards Form
Check back soon for 2016 events details and entries!
May TD/TDX Tracking Test: Our combined spring test is scheduled for the weekend of May
7-8, 2016. Judges are Gretchen Stephenson and Phil Gallagher. This year we will be offering
4 TD and 4 TDX tracks with the option for expanding either one based on entries. Test
headquarters will again be at the Saco Pathfinders Snowmobile Club facility in Saco. It is
important to keep in mind that these combined tests require a lot of support from club
members as tracklayers and cross-tracklayers. Please be prepared to help out if you are not
entering this test.
June VST Test: Plans are well underway to host a VST test at Colby College in 2016. We
are planning on the weekend of June 11-12, 2016. Please mark your calendars and be
prepared to help out as tracklayers if you are not planning to enter the test.
CLICK BELOW to download our Spring Clinic flyer
Spring TD/TDU Tracking Clinic
April 23-24, 2016
Limit 10 Dogs Each Day
The Dog Tracking Club of Maine is holding a two day tracking clinic for handlers and dogs beginning
on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Saturday’s instruction will focus on an introduction to tracking for
beginners. If you are just starting with a new dog, never have tracked before, or would like to advance
your skills, this clinic is for you. It will be held on local fields near our clinic headquarters at the Saco
Pathfinders Snowmobile facility, 42 Heath Road, Saco, ME 04072. Instruction includes a basic
understanding of scenting, equipment needed, techniques for training and motivating your dog to
track, article recognition and tracklaying.
This will be followed up with an introduction to Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) Clinic on Sunday, April 24,
2016. If you are interested in learning more about this new test approved by AKC and experiencing
tracking on different surfaces, this clinic will provide that information and training. It will be held on the
campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. This one-day program will provide
an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of TDU tracking and will build on the basics learned in the
previous days’ class to work toward a tracking title. Participants on Sunday must have either attended
a Beginner Class or have prior tracking experience.
Options exist for choosing both days, Saturday only or Sunday only. As noted above, those choosing
Sunday only must have either taken a beginner class or have previous experience in tracking.
Directions and detailed instructions will be sent to registrants in advance of the clinic. The program
begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. each day, rain or shine. Space is limited so get your entry in early. Only
one dog per handler is permitted each day, no exceptions. Instructors: Robert Cuzner, AKC Tracking
Judge, will be assisted by Eric Lawson who has applied to become approved as an AKC Tracking
Bring your own lunch and food and water for your dogs. Coffee, donuts and water will be provided for
DISCLAIMER: ALL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TESTS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Contact the AKC
or the Trial Secretary, of the club giving the test, for any updated changes in location, events, times,
dates, judges, number of tracks or cancellation. By contacting the Trial Secretary you will get the
current updated information
AKC web site: www.AKC.org/events/search
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