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Winston-Salem Dog Training Club Tracking Test

The Winston-Salem Dog Training Club held their Tracking Dog (TD) and Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) tests on Sunday, February 15 in Lewisville, North Carolina. The Trial Chairperson, Louise Mowbray, said there was a lot of interest in the event this year. The club had 14 entries for the 4 TD spots and 18 entries for the TDX spots.

Last year the club had their trial during a sleet storm. So it was only fitting that the wintry weather would be around this year. There was some rain at the start, but it cleared up a little bit after the first dog.

Of the 4 dogs entered in the Tracking Dog test, 3 passed (English Springer Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel and a Rottweiler). The first dog, "Lily", did a great job on the track and impressed both judges (Judith Edwards and Linda Trent Sovereign). Ann Hillebrand's ILP registered Border Collie started out great on track 2 but could not complete the track. After Cynthia Ebert's dog passed track 3, she said "it's a spaniel day!" Two spaniels had already passed and the last dog was a Rottweiler. There was some good team work with Charles Wiggins and his Rottweiler. When the article was found, Charles was so excited he called on a cell phone to let his wife know.

Tracking Dog Test

Track 1 - Miss Lily II
Breed: English Springer Spaniel
Owner: Bob and Lynn Sykes
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Map of Track 1

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Track 2 - Cinder
Breed: Border Collie
Owner: Ann H. Hillebrand
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Map of Track 2

     


Track 3 - Critter's I Wish To Dance
Breed: Clumber Spaniel
Owner: Cynthia Ebert and Janice Friis
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Map of Track 3

     


Track 4 - Vanlare's Mahvelous Monique CDX
Breed: Rottweiler
Owner: Charles and Joyce Wiggins and Pam Long
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Map of Track 4

     



Tracking Dog Excellent Test

The Tracking Dog Excellent test is certainly harder than the TD test. Of the 4 dogs entered, only 1 passed. The track in a TDX test is longer and contains 4 articles. Chapter 4 Section 6 of the tracking regulations states:
"The TDX test articles shall consist of four (4) personal, dissimilar articles, about the same size as a glove or wallet, that are to be dropped on the track by the tracklayer at the points indicated on the judges' charts. Only the last article may be a glove or a wallet."
Diane Smart and her Papillon started on track 1. There seemed to be some problems with the course and Diane asked the judges if she could try again on the alternate track. The judges (Judith Edwards and Allison Platt) considered her request and would get back to her later. Track 2 was for Richard Willis and his Rottweiler "Sugar." This dog performed well. After the third article was found, "Sugar" made her way through some woods and found the last article. Everyone was happy that a dog had passed today and Diane Smart was happy to get a call from the judges letting her know that she would be using the alternate track. Ann Wallace's Pembroke Welsh Corgi ran track 3, but could not complete the course. Such was the case on track 4 with Arthur Hafdelin and his Newfoundland "Jefferson." After track 4, the judges headed for the alternate track. The Papillon performed well at the start and found the first article, but it took a wrong turn into some woods and the judges had to blow the whistle.

Tracking Dog Excellent Test

Track 1 - Ch OTCH MACH II Savoy Fast Forward UDX VCD2
Breed: Papillon
Owner: Diane Smart
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Map of Track 1

     


Track 2 - Deepcreek Sugar Bear
Breed: Rottweiler
Owner: Richard Warren Willis
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Map of Track 2

   


Track 3 - Sandfox Like A Mighty Wind TD PT OA NAJ
Breed: Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Owner: Ann Wallace
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Map of Track 3



Track 4 - Sweetbay's Jefferson TD
Breed: Newfoundland
Owner: Arthur Hafdelin and Marilyn Wilson
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Map of Track 4

   


Alternate Track - Ch OTCH MACH II Savoy Fast Forward UDX VCD2
Breed: Papillon
Owner: Diane Smart
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Map of Alternate Track


After the last track, everyone got together in the house at "HillTops." A buffet style meal was served and awards were handed out. The judges gave their comments and just as everyone started to leave, the snow started to come down. It was perfect timing.