Dog Tracking Club of Maine
Frequently Asked Questions ***

A) AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search
and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and
their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding
lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the
extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess. The
AKC's Tracking Tests allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability
to recognize and follow human scent. This vigorous outdoor activity
is great for canine athletes. Unlike Agility and Obedience events
that require a dog to qualify three times, a dog only needs to
complete one track successfully to earn each title.

A)Tracking Dog (TD)
A dog earns a TD by following a track 440 to 500 yards long with
three to five changes of direction. The track is laid by a human
tracklayer and is "aged" 30 minutes to two hours before the dog
begins scenting. The goal is to use the scented track to locate an
article left at the end of the trail by the tracklayer. The owner follows
the dog on a long leash and can encourage the dog during the
tracking test.

A) Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)
The TDX is earned by following an "older" track (three to five hours)
that is also longer (800 to 1,000 yards) and has five to seven
directional changes with the additional challenge of human cross

A) Variable Surface Tracking (VST)
In the real world, dogs track through urban settings, as well as
through wilderness. A VST dog has demonstrated this ability by
following a three- to five-hour-old track that may take him down a
street, through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation.

A) Champion Tracker (CT)
A dog that has successfully completed all three tracking titles (TD,
TDX and VST) earns the prestigious title of Champion Tracker.

*** taken from the American Kennel Club Tracking Information
Q) What is a dog tracking event?
Q) What does "TD" stand for?
Q) What does "TDX" stand for?
Q) What does "VST" stand for?
Q) Are there more levels?


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