Dog owners interested in AKC tracking have until Monday, May 24 to register for “An Introduction to AKC Tracking,” a working seminar presented by the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester NY (DOTCORNY). The club can still accept a few registrations from working teams, according to information received today from DOTCORNY representative Karen Brion.
Seminar presenter Ruth Vaughan, DOTCORNY tracking coach and instructor, trained her weimaraner Champion Tracker Truman (CT Pewter Run Paper Moon, VCD2, RE, AX, AXJ) to his Variable Surface Tracker (VST) title in 2008. Vaughan was a member of the 2008 AKC Urban Tracking Test and Tracking Advisory committee, and actively supports tracking tests for the Weimaraner Club of America. Vaughan and Truman were one of only 10 teams in the U.S. invited to the AKC Tracking Invitational. Vaughan also actively competes with Truman in obedience and agility.
The club’s “Introduction to AKC tracking” seminar is geared toward dog owners who are just beginning to learn the art and sport of AKC tracking. Seminar fees are $85 per working team ($70 for active DOTCORNY members and $75 for inactive members.) The seminar is limited to 12 working teams. The club offers unlimited auditing spots in this seminar for $40.
The classroom portion of the seminar will be held in the Jack Evans Community Center (the former Hemlock High School) at 4705 Main Street, State Route 15A, Hemlock, NY. The outdoor (field) portion of the seminar will take place a short drive south of the community center in hay fields owned by the City of Rochester. Both locations are approximately a half hour drive south of the DOTCORNY building in Henrietta. Water and bathroom facilities are available to participants in the community center building, but not in the tracking fields. See the DOTCORNY website for more details about the facilities available during the day.
Seminar fees provide working teams with a folder of printed handouts and mapping grids, small tracking flags, a current AKC tracking rules booklet and beginning tracking articles. Indoor class time covers the basics of tracking tests, beginning handling skills and approaches to tracking training. The seminar then moves outdoors for the field portion, where working teams can practice the concepts of tracking.
The club provides a continental breakfast, coffee, light lunch and bottled water to all seminar participants. The registration form is available for download on the DOTCORNY website under the Events tab. For more information, to ask registration questions and to confirm the availability of working spots in the seminar, email Karen Brion. Registration forms are due on Monday, May 24.
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