Tracking

Tracking involves following an aged trail which may contain several turns and include an article "dropped" by the track layer. All dogs can track, and many Newfs have earned their "TD. Several have gone on to the more involved "TDX" level. Many clubs sponsor an annual tracking test, and host tracking seminars as well.


The AKC awards four tracking titles - Tracking Dog (TD), Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX), Variable Surface Tracker (VST), and Champion Tracker (CT). The first three titles only require your dog pass a test once at that level. The final title is automatically awarded to dogs that complete the other three titles. Additionally tracking titles are included as part of the Versatile Companion Dog (VCD) titles.


Newfoundland Club of America: Tracking

AKC Tracking



Recommended reading/videos:

Enthusiastic Tracking by William (Sil) Saunders

Fascinating Scent by Susan & Orrin Eldred

Try Tracking: The Puppy Tracking Primer by Carolyn A. Krause

Mastering Variable Surface Tracking: The Complete Training Approach by Ed Presnell

Tracking Fundamentals with Sandy Ganz (DVD)

Practical Tracking for Practically Anyone by Julie Hogan & Donna Thompson