Good day's tracking with Charlie yesterday - I set two trails and he followed them ok, the first not quite so good but the second one much better nose down to the ground, working confidently and did lay down at the end of each trail to show he had found the "object". My friend, who was watching to critique and is very experienced, said he did well and she thinks he is a super dog. Fingers crossed that he does as well in the actual exam (6th of November).
Columba, my two hip replacements were due to arthritis in the joints.
I've "appropriated" some of the finger-sized strips of wood that John uses to light our wood-burning stove because although they are slightly bigger than the objects we have to use in tracking they will do for practice - I've lost two of the real ones recently because I forgot where I put them on the trail, basic error when practicing tracking, I should have paid more attention to where I walked. Charlie has a good nose but if I don't mark where I was with a stick or something I can't expect to set my dog on the correct trail. When we are doing an exam I have of course to use the prescribed size and material - 10cm long, 2.5 cm wide, 0.5cm thick in material and colour that doesn't stick out.