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Sport Tracking is a fun activity for a dog and handler to enjoy together. Tracking Dogs are trained to follow human scent in a variety of environments, and locate articles that have been dropped by the person who is being tracked, the tracklayer. It turns out that dogs are quite good at this and naturally enjoy using their noses.
Many tracking enthusiasts simply use tracking as a non-competitive sport to enhance their companionship with their dogs. It is a specialized form of dog training endorsed by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The primary activity of the Tracking Club of Vermont (TCV) is to conduct AKC sanctioned Tracking Tests, for which TCV is licensed by the AKC. Dogs successfully passing a tracking test are awarded an AKC tracking title. There are four different types of tracking tests, depending on the skill level of the dog and the environment in which it has been trained. Each level of competition features greater challenges; more turns; a longer, well-aged track; a more contaminated tracking area; and multiple scent articles.
TCV offers tracking tests for all levels of competition throughout the year. TCV members provide the tracklayers, judges, and support workers needed to conduct the test. Please see our events page for more information on upcoming events.
Note: We sometimes receive e-mails from pet owners asking if we can assist them in finding their missing cat/dog. We are very sorry, but our dogs are not trained to look for missing pets or people.
TCV is a volunteer-run organization. We depend on our Board of Directors, instructors, committees, and members to keep the dog club active.