Lana-track-3What dogs lack in their ability to discern with their eyes, they more than make up for ten fold with their sense of smell. Utilizing this wonderful quality, we train our working dogs to use this keen sense to search for lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, cadavers and even to detect cancer and oncoming seizures and anxiety attacks.  Tracking describes the canine sport that demonstrates and tests a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent. Oftentimes instructors teaching handlers how to track their dogs tell students, “Let the dog work!  Trust your dog! You’re just here to hold the leash!”  While tracking, the dog is completely in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. For many of us, the greatest pleasures of tracking come from the hours spent outside, training and interacting with our dogs.

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