Keeping a detailed record of scent training and tests, starting with your dog’s first short tracks, are invaluable in helping you become a more efficient and skilled trainer and building solid skills in your dog. No dog should be tested without a strong foundation of training—usually that means about one-hundred training sessions. Keeping a log makes it easy to record your dog’s progress, note problems, and modify future training sessions to accommodate his individual needs.
Each two-page spread of the log provides space for recording the date, weather conditions, location and terrain, and many other details of each work session, plus a place to diagram the track. After the session, record your training notes in detail. Indicating whether the workout was a training session or a test will help you keep track of your dog’s work, avoid over-testing, and quickly reference the sessions with a Table of Contents.
Templates are provided for recording 75 separate tracks. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without the Canine Scent Work Log. You’ll want one for every dog you’re training!
Preston, an experienced owner/handler, began keeping a log while training her first tracking dog. She continued to refine it as she obtained an FH, Schutzhund I, II, and III with her German Shepherd Dog, Paz vom Steinig Tal. Lisa has actively participated in backup work with police dogs and trained dogs for police work. Samples entries from her own training illustrate how to effectively use the log.