Recommended Books on Tracking
The following is a list of recommended training books for teaching tracking to your dogs. All these books were recommended by persons who have personally used them and have put tracking titles on their dogs as well as by ones who are tracking instructors. Many were recommended by multiple persons:
Tracking Dog: Theory and Methods by Glen R. Johnson
This book was originally published in 1975 and is still considered one of the best books on tracking. Folks in isolated locations with no one to help them teach their dogs to track have used this book to get the job done. The 179 pages deal with both TD and TDX training and contain a chapter devoted to problem solving. Although most dogs cannot hold up to the rigorous schedule Johnson sets up for his own dogs, almost any dog can be successful with a modified schedule.
Another person wrote: “If you can only have one book on tracking, this is the one to buy.”
(I personally used this book, lived where there was usually no one to lay my tracks and was able to get tracking titles on various dogs. What I did do was modify the schedule Glen Johnson advocates. In addition, I attended a Tracking Seminar given by Mr. Johnson (who is now deceased) which was excellent.)
Go Find! Training Your Dog to Track by L. Wilson Davis
This is another oldie originally published in 1974. It contains a chapter on teaching the dog basic control exercises like sit, down, and heel. The obedience methods would likely not appeal to today’s trainers, but the tracking information is sound. This book focuses on TD work and only makes a few comments about advanced tracking.
Tracking From the Ground Up by Sandy Ganz and Susan Boyd
This is a very easy book, published in 1990, for almost anyone to use. A week by week lesson plan takes you through eight weeks of TD training. Food is used extensively. TDX training is also nicely discussed in this book. The diagrams and illustrations are very good.
Tracking Dog Excellent: a Handbook by Sandy Ganz and Susan Boyd
This book contains much of the material in the above book, but focuses solely on TDX work. Many diagrams and illustrations are the same ones used in the above book.
Try Tracking! The Puppy Tracking Primer by Carolyn A. Krause
Although suitable for adult dogs also, this book is geared toward puppies and, to no surprise, uses food extensively on the tracks. It is well written and easy to follow.
Enthusiastic Tracking-A Step by Step Training Handbook by William (Sil) Sanders
Literally, this is a step by step handbook published in 1998 (second edition) that prepares you to enter both the TD and the TDX test. The author also sells a set of index cards with all the field maps in the book printed out to carry into the field. This is very unusual and useful.
Practical Tracking for Practically Anyone by Julie Hogan and Donna Thompson
Published in 1995, this book is easy to read and covers both TD and TDX training.
Mastering Variable Surface Tracking by Ed Presnall
Published in 2004, this is a comprehensive look at the components needed in VST training. It is accompanied by a workbook containing many detailed training tracks.
Making Scents of the Urban Jungle by Steve Ripley
A new expanded second edition of this book was just published in 2011. Like the Ed Presnall book, this one deals exclusively with training for the VST test. There are lots of good photographs used in the book and aerial views of tracks from Google Earth that make the tracks easy to understand.
Component Training for Variable Surface Tracking by Ed Presnall & Christy Bergeon, PawMark Press.
Advanced Tracking – T.D.X Field Guide by the Tracking Club of Massachusetts.This has been around for a long time although it may now be hard to acquire. If you get one, hang on to it.
How to Hold a Tracking Test by the Tracking Club of Central Florida
Guidelines for Tracklayers by the Palo Alto Foothills Tracking Association. The price is $2.00 payable to “PAFTA”; c/o Miriam Hillier, 4 Emerald Court, San Mateo, CA. 94403
AKC Tracking Regulations – Single copies of the AKC Tracking Regulations are available at no charge from The American Kennel Club, 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606, or check the AKC website www.akc.org.
Internet sites with valuable information
Craig Green has tracking articles on the Basset Hound site:
Rosemary Janoch has tracking articles on the Buckeye Tracking Club site:
The best way to get many of these books is to go to www.amazon.com. Sometimes you can find them in the book areas at dog shows. In addition, you can Google them and see if you can find them through that. Many of the dog magazines also include a “books available section” and that is another good source.
The Champion Tracker title (CT) was created by AKC at the same time as they established the Variable Surface Tracker title (VST), on September 1, 1995. Any dog that can accomplish all three tracking titles, TD (or TDU), TDX, and VST, will be awarded the CT title. The very first Champion Tracker was a German Shepherd Dog (in 1995). The first Labrador Retriever to earn the title was CT Luckiamutes Jake, owned by Karla Curtis, on June 25, 2000. Since then, the following Labrador Retrievers have accomplished this difficult feat:
October 29, 2017 CT ISLAND PAWS DANCING WITH THE STARS CD RA TDU. cf
October 15, 2017 CT FEATHER DOWNS AMAZING BREATH OF HEAVEN TDU. bf
October 1, 2017 CT SOLAR. ym
June 24, 2017 CT KATALYST’S OFF LIMITS RN. bf
June 11, 2016 CT Baad Boy Bentley Of The Isle BN RN
May 1, 2016 CT MACH3 Hirsch’s Gone With The Wind VCD2 RA MXC MJC XF
March 13, 2016 CT Dutch Hollow’s True Blue, CC, SH, AWC
October 18, 2015 CT Rush Lake’s Chutes And Ladders CDX RE
October 11, 2015 CT Rush Lake’s Diggin That Dillon CGC
October 11, 2015 CT MACH Platte Valley’s I Think I Can VCD4 OM1 GN VER RE JH MXB MJS AXP AJP MXF T2B3
October 4, 2015 CT Kerrybrook’s X-tremeRide CD BN
September 13, 2015 VCCH MACH4 Lakebound’s Dancing Poet UDX15 OGM RE MH MXB2 MJS2 MXP5 MXPS MJP6 MJPS PAX2
June 21, 2015 CT Winroc Winsome Winifred CD BN RE
May 31, 2015 CT Willowrose Shillelagh JH CDX
November 9, 2014 CT Minsk Bquad of Deanfield TDI CGC
October 12, 2014 CT Rush Lake’s Licorice Snaps RA JH AX AXJ NF
October 5, 2014 CT Cabin Creek’s Perfect Trip
June 7, 2014 CT Capt’ Never Archibald Andrews
October 13, 2013 CT Madam Makita Machacha RN
October 13, 2013 CT Lickety Split River Otter CGC
April 28, 2013 FC AFC CT Broad Reach Devil Made Me Doit CD
April 7, 2013 CT Rush Lake’s Yahtzee VCD2 UD RE JH NA NAJ AXP OF
March 13, 2013 CT Mellowrose Glad All Over CD GN RE JH CGC
March 7, 2013 CT Workmoor’s Hopeful Lucy BN RE JH AX AXJ OF
September 16, 2012 CT OTCH Sasser’s All that Jazz UDX5 OM6 RN
July 29, 2012 CT Tulgeywood’s Man In Black
November 6, 2011 CT Charlie Dunn RE
October 30, 2011 CT Cabincreek Hilde’s Busy Izzy VCD2 UDX OM1 RE
May 22, 2011 CT Lorken’s Chocolate Brisco MX MXJ RE
April 10, 2011 CT BLK Oak Rush Lake Licorice Twizzler, VCD2, MX, MXJ, OF, RE, OAP, OAJP
October 10, 2010 CT Rush Lake’s TicTac Toe!
August 1, 2010 CT Windrush Elegant Bear VCD1 RE NA NAJ OAP OJP
November 8, 2009 CT Lorken’s Twist of Fate VCD2 RN JH MX MXB MXJ MJS OF
October 11, 2009 CT Sorol’s National Treasure VCD1 RN MH OAP CGC
May 10, 2009 CT Black Forest Trouble’n Tahoe VCD3 JH MX MXB MXJ MJB MXF MFB XF
October 5, 2008 CT Camelot Dragon Play at Cabin Creek
May 20, 2007 CT Rush Lake Rice Crispy Treat JH, AX,AJX,RN, VCD1
April 22, 2007 CT Justes B Wasser Hexe VCD2 SH AXP AJP
October 29, 2006 OTCH CT Connemara Jasmine VCD1 UDX3 RE
April 2, 2006 CT Winroc Just Dashing VCD3 RN JH MX MXJ
March 30, 2003 CT Sommit’s Peak O’Tea UD JH
April 21, 2001 CT CH Justes B Bocca Grande CD, JH
October 15, 2000 CT Diver’s Precious Coral
June 25, 2000 CT Luckiamutes Jake