TRACKING

Sydney, Border Collie
 

BEGINNING TRACKING

 
Tracking classes will meet in the fall and winter quarters. We do not meet during the hot summer months. The class is limited to 6 new (beginner) students.
 
The class will meet for 8 weeks, but the weeks will not be consecutive, and is weather dependent.
 
Our Beginner Tracking Class is based loosely on the training schedule outlined in Glen Johnson’s book, Tracking Dog: Theory and Method.
 
The first class will be held without dogs at the NDTC training building.
 
Following classes will be held outdoors, in any weather except thunderstorms or icy driving conditions. Any class missed due to weather will be rescheduled. Most of the sites have portable toilets; some have real toilets. Students will need good hiking boots and outdoor/cold weather gear. They will need to bring plenty of high value treats and water for their dog and snacks and drinks for themselves.
 
Classes start at 8 AM and may run until noon. Dog/handler teams are worked individually but class members are required to watch and walk along behind as the other teams work. For this reason, dogs must be safely contained in their vehicle while other teams are working.
 
The class utilizes several sites in Middle Tennessee, including Warner Parks, Saunders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, and other locations as available. Prior to each Sunday, the instructor will inform the students as to the location of that week’s class and will ensure that all the students have an address with which to map the directions from their location.
 
Prerequisites: All NDTC classes require proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs age six months or older.
 
Click Here to open the Class Schedule page. Once you’ve looked at the schedule you can click the Back button to return here.
 
Click Here to transfer to our Class Registration Request form. The form will open in a new tab, so you’ll need to close the tab to return to this web site. Also Note: The registration form class drop down list will only show classes that are still open for registration and are not yet full.
 
Marley, Irish Water Spaniel

ADVANCED TRACKING

 
Classes will be held outdoors, in any weather except thunderstorms or icy driving conditions. Any class missed due to weather will be rescheduled. Most of the sites have portable toilets; some have real toilets. Students will need good hiking boots and outdoor/cold weather gear. They will need to bring plenty of high value treats and water for their dog and snacks and drinks for themselves.
 
Classes start at 8 AM and may run until noon. Dog/handler teams are worked individually but class members are required to watch and walk along behind as the other teams work. For this reason, dogs must be safely contained in their vehicle while other teams are working.
 
The class utilizes several sites in Middle Tennessee, including Warner Parks, Saunders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, and other locations as available. Prior to each Sunday, the instructor will inform the students as to the location of that week’s class and will ensure that all the students have an address with which to map the directions from their location.
 
Prerequisites: Dogs must have completed the beginning tracking class. All NDTC classes require proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs age six months or older.
 
Click Here to open the Class Schedule page. Once you’ve looked at the schedule you can click the Back button to return here.
 
Click Here to transfer to our Class Registration Request form. The form will open in a new tab, so you’ll need to close the tab to return to this web site. Also Note: The registration form class drop down list will only show classes that are still open for registration and are not yet full.
 

 
Buster, English Springer Spaniel