New Urban Scent Workshops are FULL!

If your group or club want a Spiritdance tracking seminar this is the one! We all start in urban environments now. Let’s do it with greater knowledge! If you are a keen urban competitor this workshop will give you ideas and insights into urban moving scent.

And if you are a new or aspiring Tracking Judge at the urban level you would find this workshop very helpful for plotting and for understanding what’s happening on the track!

These workshops are an idea I’ve developed over time focused on how to help people understand and train in he urban environment successfully – beginners and advanced.

The exercises I’ve designed will be enlightening and practical and will be all about predicting scent flow, plotting for success and article placement using urban concepts. Dogs will demonstrate our predictions to test our knowledge, in a series of short exercises in a variety of scenarios, locations, times and track ages.

The exercises are sure to bring out our inner geeks!

Everyone will also prepare their own scent maps! I’ve been studying Urban Scent for 12 years now and use my ideas to train and also to plot for tests when I judge. I love to watch dogs on test tracks handling challenges and shining when they are in flow.

Thank you to all of the wonderful trackers – students and friends – who have filled and practically over filled both June Urban Scent Tracking Workshops in Olds and Medicine Hat!!

I’m so honoured to have people attending from Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, and Medicine Hat. This is the first time I’ve filled a seminar in the Hat too. I love to work with such passionate people and am looking forward to these seminars. They will be fun!

Once I nail down the format I hope to offer more. I think it will be a workshop I can give anywhere in the future and a real “Spiritdance” brand! (Like my own Stinky Feet Workshop!)

Thanks guinea pigs, I mean trackers! It will be awesome!

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Taking tracking on the road. Training circuit starting soon!

Have you always wanted to learn about tracking? Have you started to track, but haven’t learned enough to get into a test? Now is your chance!

Spiritdance Coaching & Tracking is taking our training show on the road! Alberta really is a great place to drive a circuit. Starting in July, I will be giving regular lessons in Calgary, Olds, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for beginners and experienced trackers! More tests are being offered across Alberta and elsewhere. New judges are ready and that means more people to help spread tests around! There is a new ‘Master Tracking’ title available to Tracking Champions, meaning more chances to play! MIXED BREEDS are allowed in CKC tracking tests and many are earning titles from TD to Tracking Champion!

Whether you are a beginner, wanting to learn about urban tracking or seeking the Master Tracking Champion title lessons and coaching can help give you the tools to train well and succeed.

Because it takes a lot of time and space to teach tracking, it is tough to find tracking instruction. I happen to be passionate about sharing this sport with others and I’ve been teaching tracking since 1995. I love it, and love meeting people and their dogs. We have fun!

Tracking is a very intensive sport to train, and so I can only fit in 5 (FIVE) lessons a day whenever I am in town. That’s why I put a 2018 Spiritdance Tracking Lessons, Seminar and Tracking Camps Calendar together to help you plan and pre-book if you’d like to meet regularly.

My mission as a coach is to inspire and motivate and because I am a Professional Coach, I focus on your unique needs and your goals when we work together. I’m committed to the continued love and growth of tracking, a non-competitive outdoor sport that attracts great people – a sport dogs of all sizes and ages enjoy and love!

Since moving to Alberta in 2008 I have been privileged to see people become interested in tracking, obtain titles and even form new tracking clubs to offer more tests. It is a wonderful feeling to see students grow, and to make new friends. It is rewarding to have been a part of this tracking growth!

Details about seminars, lessons and individual coaching are always posted on www.spiritdancetracking.ca Please visit the website frequently to keep up! Training opportunities and other fun stuff is also posted on the Spiritdance Tracking Facebook page.

Take that next step! Plan to attend a seminar, a camp or a lesson and find out why people get hooked on this sport. I hope to hear from you.

URBAN TRACKING SCENT Workshops!

NEW! Learn more about the exciting world of urban tracking and how scent works in settings like colleges, industrial parks, city streets and back alleys! Unravel the mystery of scent in urban areas to increase your success in training and tests!

TWO dates and two locations. Suitable for everyone wanting to understand scent theory and learn about tracking.

Medicine Hat AB: June 16-17

Please also visit my new website! www.spiritdancetracking.ca

These workshops will offer in-class learning and outdoor theory in practice.

Experienced tracking teams will demonstrate scent flow and scent properties in these highly contaminated and ever-changing environments. These workshops are suitable for beginners to participate in as observers, to learn in-class and observe the teams at work.
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Working teams must already know how to track. Full tracks will not be provided – but working teams will be challenged to work in a variety of scenarios with many interesting challenges on both blind and known tracks. Some beginner (TD ready) teams may be able to take part depending on how working positions fill.

An experienced team is defined as ‘TD-ready’ or already working at the TDX or urban levels. Experienced SAR teams are also welcome. 

Workshops will include:
  • scent theory
  • line communication
  • reading your dog
  • understanding the urban environment
  • tools to train for success
  • opportunities to participate in urban scent challenges for working teams
  • a chance to observe experienced dogs at work for beginners
  • maps and handouts
  • other goodies!
Beginners to tracking are encouraged to work in urban areas. This is a great way to learn!
Please use the contact form to express your interest in other training opportunities (lessons, seminars for your club or group, mock tests and training camps)

I look forward to being your coach! 

Spring 2018 Beginners and Urban Tracking Online Classes!

Spring marks the beginning of tracking season! Just in time, I am excited to offer two MORNING CLASSES for Beginners and for Urban Tracking! These are not just webinars – they are mornings of personal, live instruction with small classes and interactive participation. As a professional coach, I am always geared to meeting your needs and goals and committed to your progress and success.

Each class is 4 hours of instruction (with coffee breaks of course!) When you take part online, you can chat live or use a typed chat feature to ask questions or make comments. Whiteboards are used – to draw maps and other diagrams that help explain things more clearly. There is a presentation, we will have a quick look at video, and handouts are provided. Everyone leaves with practical lesson plans and ideas to get out and get training!

Class content is based on proven successful methods that I have developed over the past 27 years as a teacher, clinician and active participant! You can see more about my dogs, read testimonials and learn more about my involvement in tracking here on this site under Learn More, or on my business website.  

This information is soon to be published so be sure to check it out now! *A Spiritdance Tracking Book is in the works! 

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The Beginners Tracking Online Class is aimed at people who don’t have a TD or who are looking for new ideas for foundations and training. If you have never tracked, this is the class for you. If you are new to tracking or feel like you need to go back to square one with some fresh ideas – please consider this class. I will share my methods and ideas to get you going.

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The Urban Tracking Online Class is for both beginners to tracking and experienced trackers. Beginners to tracking and beginners to urban tracking will find some unique and fresh ideas to get started in the fun and way cool sport of Urban Tracking! Be careful though – it is addictive!

  • If you are new to tracking, you will learn how you can begin to train for urban tracking once your foundations are in place and how urban tracking can improve your handling and test readiness. Plus, once you have that TD, you are ready to move on!
  • If you are an experienced tracker, you might be looking for some new ideas, new ways to train or ideas to improve your performance in urban tracking.

To register, click on the Training tab on this website or check out my new Spiritdance Tracking ‘business’ site for links to registration forms.

As always, I am excited and happy to share information about this sport with people who are passionate to learn.

Your Coach,

Donna Brinkworth
http://www.spiritdancelifecoaching.ca
http://www.spiritdancetracking.ca

Winter Training Begins!

From the Training Micah Blog: I LOVE winter tracking! I started out tracking way back in the 80s with a Conservation Officer who had an OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) certified Bloodhound named Nero. He tracked all year ’round and I would hide as Nero’s victim in the snow. When I started CKC tracking, it made sense to me to keep tracking all winter.

When I began to teach and started Spiritdance Tracking as a business in 1995 I encouraged people to come out no matter what the weather! Over the years I have accumulated a lot of anecdotal, experiential and ‘book learning’ about winter tracking! This all forms the basis of my Winter Tracking Webinars. 

Yesterday my friend and tracking partner Judy Wallace laid a short snow track for Micah in the snow. It was a great opportunity to reinforce “footstep tracking” and give her little corrections for leaving the snow tunnel of footprints. She loved it! The three cloth and leather articles were slightly hidden in snow and she was very excited to find them and picked each one up, giving it a shake.

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Today, I laid Micah and Lark each a parking lot track following edges. These tracks were 100% hard surface, although the snow acts like ‘veg’ on a day like today. It was 3C and the snow was soft and melting into puddles along the parking lot edges. There were great ‘berms’ to follow that would hold the scent.

Both Micah and Lark were allowed to problem solve, so that they realized the track truly was NOT in the snow. They explored scent puzzles and figured out that the scent was on the parking lot! Each of them did very well! Read more on the Training Micah blog!

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NEW! Group Coaching – What is it and how does it work?

This winter, I am very excited to offer something new to Spiritdance Coaching! Every second week, I’m hosting an ‘open house’ online that I call Tracking Mastery: Group Coaching. Group Coaching is becoming popular in coaching circles because it offers the benefits of working with a Professional Coach at an affordable price by sharing the time with others focused on the same goals and themes. I always keep my webinars small because they are LIVE and offer interaction and the ability to explore solutions to your questions.

One of the benefits of Small Group Coaching is to maximize the energy, experience, and wisdom of participants, which in turn helps others to learn and develop ideas to achieve their goals.

Group Coaching is slated to start November 9 pending registrations, then every two weeks following! It’s a new idea and another way I hope to encourage people on their tracking journey and form an online community of people from across Canada to share their ideas and their love of tracking.

In each session, I am the group facilitator.  My role is to keep discussions focused, develop themes, help individuals with ‘laser coaching’ techniques (quick problem resolution) and make sure everyone takes part and sees benefits.

Details about how to sign up can be found HERE.

A session could focus on one topic, such as “ARTICLES” and involve questions, sharing, tips, and field work (homework) being assigned along with goals to bring back to the next session. OR, it may be round table where each participant has a 10-minute focused discussion that everyone can learn from. And there are a lot of other ways the group can function once it gets going.

Well-known Coach and author Jennifer Britton says group coaching allows everyone to benefit from having a real-time conversation with peers for faster learning – often faster than 1:1 Coaching because the topics are focused and participants have a chance to both interact, and step back to listen and reflect during the session. In 1:1 Coaching, a client may feel “put on the spot” by a Coach who deliberately spends time with people helping them to focus and develop awareness. Group coaching can be a more comfortable space, particularly for people who want professional development or skills training.

Hearing different issues and resolutions in one session lets people pick and choose from a variety of ideas.

As facilitator, I will make sure that time is used wisely, everyone’s goals are met, and keeps everyone accountable from one session to the next to go practice, experiment, and participants are invited to bring results back for feedback and discussion.

The Coach (that is me!) also brings insights, guides discussion, manages group dynamics, helps to set goals and makes sure the discussion stays positive and productive. Everyone ‘co-creates’ the experience and a supportive community can become the result!

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A closed FACEBOOK page will be also created for photo and video sharing as part of this experience for people who sign up for Group Coaching!

For the most benefits, people should attend regularly for ongoing support and feedback.

The cost PER 90 MINUTE SESSION is only $30. The average price for 1:1 coaching is $75-$120 per hour. Maximum participants will be 7 people per session.

For more information go to the Seminars, Training and Coaching page, or click HERE to register for upcoming group coaching sessions! 

Group Coaching – printable flyer: Tracking Mastery – What is Group Coaching

New entry on Training Micah – with checklists and training tips!

Training Micah is the blog I started to keep track of my puppy Micah’s tracking progress. Here is a link to the latest training post! You’ll find video, checklists, descriptions about how I am training her, maps and ideas. This will give you an idea about Spiritdance Training, and I hope you find it useful and motivating! Micah is almost 6 months old. My training goal has been to expose her to all surfaces, obstacles, articles and conditions she will experience for years to come as we are partners on this exciting new journey.

Ready, set, track! Beginner’s Tracking Online Classes start August 23!

You CAN learn how to track online and aim for your first tracking title! Register now!

Not everyone has access to a tracking instructor. Now, you can learn how to track right from the beginning through CKC focused online tracking lessons! Maybe you have a friend who is always asking about tracking. Please let them know they can learn about it through these introductory lessons.

No more worrying about fields either! In these classes, learn how to start tracking in urban greenspaces close to home! You and your canine partner will be a stronger team through great exercises that are easy to learn. Through the magic of technology, view handouts, presentations, photos and video. Head out to practice your lessons, then gather with your class every two weeks to learn next steps and ask questions!

These online classes are a first in Canada and have been very successful and popular.

You’ll learn:

  • How to get started!
  • Scent theory and proper handling
  • What you need to do to pass a TD (Tracking Dog) test
  • Tips for success!

The webinar is LIVE, so you can ask more questions, with personal answers and tips to help YOU in return. Expect loads of great tips and start a great new journey with your dog!

Who should take part? These lessons are aimed at BEGINNERS who have never tracked before!

What you need to participate: Computer and wifi with audio so you can speak and listen (you may need a low-cost headset to plug in)

What is an online course like? You would be surprised to see how quickly you get used to the online environment. We can all hear each other, and we are all looking at the same screen including photos, slide shows, videos and even a white board where we can all draw our ideas!

Handouts are available for download afterwards.

Your coach has been tracking since 1990 and teaching since 1995. I have many titles on three breeds, 3 Tracking Champions and happy, successful students.

As a trained and Professional Coach, my goal is to offer comfortable, stress free learning to help individuals become the best they can be!  Using my years of coaching and training experience, I want to help you come up with a plan for success, with real goals for effective training.

Online training is a perfect choice for people who want to invest a few hours into their training and take away tools to improve their approach instantly!

Tracking is a wonderful, non-competitive sport that all dogs, large or small, mixed breed and purebred can enjoy at any age.

Have fun, make new friends and share ideas with trackers across Canada!

Course curriculum: 2017 Beginners Online Lessons

To register: Fill in this online form and send payment as described. $200 for 6 lessons. That’s $33 per lesson, delivered in 3 sessions – all in the comfort of home!

Course description: Beginners Tracking Online Lessons

PICTURED above: A young Tracking Champion Caden von der KleinenWiese studies a tracking video to pick up some tips!

Puppy Training!

I am having so much fun teaching Micah foundations for her tracking career! It has been so inspiring, that I thought I would design a Start your Puppy Tracking Webinar that incorporates my puppy tracking ideas! I also trained Ben, who I bred, from the time he could carry a tiny glove around! He is now a Tracking Champion. Ben and Micah are the first of my tracking dogs to be trained completely with my own Spiritdance Tracking methods. Here is a link to the latest blog post over on the Training Micah blog! Of course, we have fun, as Ben passes on the joy of articles to his 4,5 month old apprentice!