Chase is Canada’s
We are extremely proud of Chase!
Chase is the 11th dog of any breed to become a CKC Tracking Champion.
My favourite venue to train and compete in with my dogs is tracking. Chase has successfully completed test passes for his Canadian Kennel Club TD (Tracking Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), UTD (Urban Tracking Dog) and UTDX (Urban Tracking Dog Excellent) titles. A dog that has successfully passed all four test is bestowed the title Tracking Champion (TCH). The CKC Rule Book states the purpose of tracking tests is to demonstrate the dog’s willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions and to follow a defined track, to discriminate scent, to locate and indicate articles.
Dogs start testing at the TD level. This is a prerequisite for entering a TDX or UTD test. Dogs must have their UTD before they are eligible to test for their UTDX. Rule books are available from CKC and AKC. I recommend all competitors, no matter what the venue is, obtain a current rule book. Read it cover to cover and be sure you understand the rules. Below is an overview of the CKC Tracking rules, please refer to a current rule book for the complete rules and regulations.
Chase completed his TD on October 14, 2007 at the Cross Country Tracking Club test. At the TD level the dog follows a track on vegetation (grass or hay fields are most often use for these test) where a person walked for 400 – 450 metres (1312 – 1476 feet), 30 minutes to 2 hours ahead of time making 3 to 5 left and right corners no sharper than right angles. They are required to indicate a leather article such as a glove, wallet or flat piece of leather at the end of the track to pass. It’s up to the handler to decide how they wish to train their dog to indicate and will be asked by the judge before they begin the test what their dogs indication is. Chase’s trained indication is to lie down at the article with it between his front legs and wait there. Other indications may be to sit, stand over or retrieve the article.
The TDX test requirements are for the track to be not less than 900 metres (2953 feet) and not more than 1000 metres (3281 feet). It will be aged from 3 – 5 hours and crossed in 2 places at well separated intervals by a more recent track by a different track layer. There are 5 – 8 turns and acute angles that should be no less than 45 degrees. Three leather articles are dropped for the dog to find. The primary track should be laid over varying vegetation and cross a road. The use of wooded areas is also permissible. Chase completed his TDX test on August 23, 2008 at the EPS Test held in Powassan, Ontario.
This may not be the most interesting information to read about when you’ve not done the work and don’t know the dog, but trust me, this is beautiful and awe-inspiring when you’re at the end of the lead 10 metres (30 feet) behind your own dog and haven’t a clue (I know in training, not in tests) where the person went, what they dropped or where the dog is leading. The trainer/handler has to learn to read their dog’s body language to know when to follow and how to handle the dog by the signals they’re telling us. This is a team sport, but the dog has to be the leader of this working team.
|Chase finishing his Championship at Wildwood going Winners Dog & Best of Opposite
from the senior puppy class at 10 months of age, on Friday, February 2, 2006.
Breeder Jane Arndt (Pannovia Reg. – retired) myself and handler Allison Foley.
Health Clearances + Colour
Chase has been tested clear/normal for the following:
HIPS and ELBOWS/Normal/OVC Certificate No.: 0033486
vWD: Genotypically Clear ~ PO-VW721/76M-PI (von Willebrands Disease)DM: Clear ~ PO-DM334/85M-PI (Degenerative Myelopathy)
LINK to OFA for Chase’s registered resultsCHIC #55975
SEBACEOUS ADENITIS/Normal/Yager-Best Histovet Case #YB 174266-17278-2006
THYROID: OFA #PO-TH763/18M-PI normal
NE (Neonatal Encephalopathy w/Seizures ~ NEwS): Clear/OFA #PO-NES82/46M-PI
HEART Auscultation/Echocardiogram: Normal/No ASD ~ OFA #PO-CA462/42M/C-PI-ECHO (Cardiologist)
COLOUR: DNA Analysis ~ VetGen Report #53711 BbEE ~ carries the black and brown genes, does not carry the cream-white-red-apricot gene
Height: 24-1/2 inches (62.2cm)
Weight: 53 pounds (24.5kg)
CHASE SWIMMING & RETRIEVING
Poodles are herding dogs too
|Chase earning his 2nd Herding Instinct Certificate|