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Prior to the formation of The Tracking Dog Club of South Australia Inc. in 1978 and its running of its first trial in 1980, trials were run only on request by obedience clubs, mostly SA Obedience Dog Club Inc. but also Southern Districts Kennel and Obedience Club Inc. and German Shepherd Dog Club Inc. SAODC ran its first trial in National Park, Belair, on 26th May 1962 with three qualifiers viz. Doug Kemp’s Orpington Marie CDX, John Moroney’s Morny Panda Carmel CD and Jack Trevor’s Prince Regent of Saxony CDX.


Tracking is the art of teaching your dog to find people who are lost. You don't have to be very young, or super fit. Neither does your dog. You don't have to have a dog who has excelled at Obedience Classes. Both you and your dog need an average level of fitness, enjoy walking in the bush and are happy to be out in all types of weather. You need to have a bit of spare time. Your dog has plenty and will enjoy sharing it with you. The equipment you will need is a good pair of "wellie" boots and a wind and waterproof coat. A groundsheet big enough to sit on. A thermos of coffee/tea and a mug. Your dog will need a harness and at least a 10 metre lead. A water bottle and a bowl to drink from. Some food rewards. A towel and a hairbrush if your dog has long hair.

We delight in your success! 

Strive to succeed!

TITLE APPLICATIONS  for Titles within SA
Get everything you need at link below  

Tuesdays Training at Belair Golf Course 
   commencing 9.30am 4th June.
and Friday 7th June
There is plenty of parking facilities in front of the Caravan Park.  Contact Pat (mob) 0413563698
Sharon Gahan Training Officer
no calls after 9pm SA time please
TRACKING  Entry fees $35 for members 
                                            $55 for non members

Trial for 28th April 2019 fees  will be
$35 for members / $55 for non members.
Future trials on advice from committee
for Track and Search only to be
$50 for members and $70 for non members 

      Send entries  to The Trial Manager  
         P.O. Box 33 Balhannah 5242

Submit the Dogs SA form & Tracking Test  Info form in full  (with valid email address / phone number) to the trial manager as listed in the schedule 

Dogs SA entry form.pdf Dogs SA entry form.pdf
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TrackingTestInformationSheet.pdf TrackingTestInformationSheet.pdf
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Monarto mapfinal.pdf Monarto mapfinal.pdf
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Beanies by special order via secretary.... $18 each    email Amanda

Club Badges   $12 ..

great for sewing onto your coat  / bags / dog's wet weather coat   clothing / etc 

Title Badges   $5

TrackSearchHandlersInfo.pdf TrackSearchHandlersInfo.pdf
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TrackSearchJudgesInfo.pdf TrackSearchJudgesInfo.pdf
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StewardsInstructions.doc StewardsInstructions.doc
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What prerequisites are there for entering a tracking trial?"
Dogs must be registered with Dogs SA or equivalent in your state. No obedience qualifications are necessary.

"What tracking titles are available?"
Tracking Dog (T.D.) Tracking Dog Excellent (T.D.X.) and Tracking Champion (T.Ch.)

"How many different tests are available?"
In order to qualify for Tracking Dog (T.D.) there are three tests. Test 1 is approximately 400 metres long with two changes of direction. There will be one article placed on the track. Tracks 2 & 3 are approximately 800 meters with a minimum of two changes of direction. There will be two articles placed on the track. The dog must find at least one article and the tracklayer to pass. For test one & two the handler is able to nominate the tracklayer. After this, all tracklayers will be unknown to the dog.

To qualify for Tracking Dog Excellent (T.D.X.) there are three tests and you must have your TD title. Tests four and five are 1000 meters with a minimum of four turns and test six is 1200 meters with a minimum of five changes of direction.

To qualify for Tracking Champion (T.Ch.) there are two tests and you must have your TDX title. Test seven and eight are 1200 meters with a minimum of six changes of direction with 3 articles on the track and an extra turn on test 8

The age of the tracks varies between a minimum of 20 minutes for Test One to a minimum of 90 minutes for test seven and a maximum of up to three hours for a test seven and eight.

TRACK AND SEARCH is a separate discipline - minimum age is 6 months

Track & Search Dog (TSD) is gained after successful completion of Test 3

Track & Search Dog Excellent (TSDX) is gained after successful completion of Test 6

Track and Search Dog Champion (TSCH) is gained after successful completion of Test 8

Track and Search Grand Champion (TSGrCH) title is gained after successful completion of Track 10

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