Rogue and I have 19 days left to practice before we do our first CKC tracking test.
Over the past month we have been practicing at least a few times a week.
We have also been playing a “find the glove” game in the house to reinforce her “indications.” In order to pass the test, Rogue needs to clearly indicate that she has found the glove because the judge needs to know it was her and not me who found it.
We had a mock test on Thanksgiving Monday, but we completely bombed it!!
Rogue seemed excited to track, but Huib said that from the start she seemed unsure, and as the track went along she got more and more insecure. I also became frustrated, so near the end, I got her to come close and we walked together to the end.
After I’d calmed down, I was SO embarrassed, we assessed the situation. We realized that the track was over an hour old (to that point, she’d only been doing 40 minute old tracks) and it was extremely windy.
Despite being unsuccessful, the experience was also useful because it gave me an idea of what things we need to work on before the actual test.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been doing 3 tracks, with each one being 10 minutes older than the last. She seems to be doing well and I think we’ll continue this up until the test.
In the meantime, I need to remind myself that even if we fail, we learned something and we can always do it again next year.