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! 

Personal Leadership and Team Success: New Coaching Workshops make Nature your classroom and your Dog – your Partner!

Spiritdance Coaching offers two new ground-breaking workshops aimed at people, teams and businesses interested in Personal Leadership and Team Success Coaching – using tracking!

Over many years of teaching people and dog teams to track, it becomes apparent that the attributes of a great leader and a great team are highlighted in a fun and informative manner that leads to personal insights and a desire to form new habits and look at things in new ways! Dog tracking is a non-competitive, positive activity focused on gentle and motivational methods to encourage our dogs to use their powerful noses to find things and people. It is inexpensive and involves walking in the beautiful outdoors!

These workshops can be customized to meet your needs whether they are 1:1 coaching, for a team or group (you do NOT have to know a thing about dog training!) and are offered as an innovative alternative for a fun day out of the office.

This is also an excellent choice for youth groups, veterinary students and 4H Clubs. Existing dog clubs or teams and dog training instructors may enjoy this as a great way to have fun with a different activity with your dogs and with each other.

Let Donna Brinkworth guide you on a personal journey of awareness, transformation and mastery! Learn a new skill, think outside of the box and take away insights as you enjoy a relaxing and meditative time with your canine partner.

March Seminar description, photos and testimonials

The Spiritdance March Tracking Seminar last weekend is a wrap! 8 teams took part in exercises, master tracks and blind tracks over two days. There are so many highlights! It was like a family reunion for many of us who have trained together over the years. Meeting new people and welcoming them into the fold was also a great experience!

Click HERE to view a photo album of photos of the participants over the weekend.

Participants took part in tracklaying and plotting exercises, ‘semi-blind’ tracks, a few blind tracks, article games, and urban tracks (the focus of day two). We also had a mock TDX test at noon which was plotted and judged like a CKC test, which everyone found valuable.

This seminar kicked off the Summer Seminar Series and so I surveyed participants to learn what they liked the most and found the most valuable. I also asked what we could do less of, and how they would rate the learning and enjoyment. The survey is anonymous so that people can provide feedback which helps me to continually improve everyone’s experience and adjust things for the coming season.

What did people enjoy the most? Everyone mentioned the support, fun and the fellowship they felt all weekend and everybody liked the coaching through their tracks and exercises. Participants also enjoyed the group discussions and feedback after each track.

The majority of respondents also said that one thing they enjoyed the most during the weekend was watching Ben run his 6-hour old UTDX track. I rarely run tracks with my advanced dogs during a seminar so this was a pleasant surprise. It just happened that someone was too sick to participate on day two, so I did the demo with my dog.

Since it was my dog, I didn’t run the UTDX at 3 hours – I ran it when we were at a natural break in the afternoon, and it was 6 hours old! Ben did a great job.

You can view photos of Ben’s 6 hour UTDX track here. 

People said it was motivating and inspiring and that they learned a lot watching it and learned what to aim for. Several people wrote that they really liked watching two tracking ‘novice dogs’ run Ben’s track to see the similarities and differences plus the enthusiasm of a track being used again.

I asked participantsDid you learn something new or have any pleasant surprises?” 

Most people mentioned that they enjoyed being responsible for laying a “pre-planned” short track with a map, then observing dogs coming to run them. Participants felt they really learned more when they laid tracks for other dogs and knew where each turn was and where the articles were placed. People also really enjoyed watching other teams and felt new information was presented or important information was reinforced after every track throughout the weekend.

Some of the maps were spectacular, but this one was really the BEST map of all!

One of our participants, Jacquie Moore, was laying a track for Dan Wing who is new to urban tracking. Behind a building the snow was crusty on top but soft underneath. Jacquie did quite a faceplant which we assumed was a considerate tracklayer gesture to give Wriley the Black Russian Terrier a good scent pool in the shady part of his urban track. This is her map!

What was even more funny was that Wriley rolled on his back right where Jacquie fell! I think he decided to make his own snow angel in honour of her great track laying. Later after his urban track, Jacquie and Wriley have a ‘moment’ where they discuss this. As you can see – Wriley is a very accomplished footstep tracking dog. It was a thrill to see him tackle urban last weekend and to see other participants also take on urban tracking for the first time! Please visit the photo album to see their great work.

As a Professional Coach, I was happy to see that everyone liked being coached through tracks if required. Running blind tracks or ‘harder’ tracks was a thrill for a couple of teams. And of course, we made sure to cover the importance of handling, trust and patience in tracking.

Here are some quotes and testimonials people shared upon request, to let others know about Spiritdance Tracking Seminars. 

March Seminar Testimonials

  • The most valuable part of the weekend is Donna’s feedback; I need the feedback from Donna; it is incredibly valuable. The best part was the coach. Donna you are N inspiration! Amazing knowledgeable coach. Expert instruction and coaching, very valuable for both my dog and myself.
  • The Spiritdance seminar was so amazing. The coaching we received was gold standard. Donna took the time to help each of us understand where the holes were in our buckets and how to fix them. She left me with the confidence and tools to keep on tracking!
  • After attending the Summer Series of Tacking Seminars with Donna my boy Wriley became the first BRT in Canada to earn his CKC TD Title. Donna’s seminars are motivational, thoughtfully designed, well organized and fun. It continues to be a great experience to learn and train under Donna’s watchful eye.
  • How Donna freely shares her knowledge, passion, dedication, attention to details, support and faith that we all can succeed.
  • Donna’s knowledge of tracking is always expanding and there is something new in every seminar.
  • Whether you are an experienced handler preparing for Tracking Exams or a Curious Novice, Donna will show you the path to success and that there is always something around the next corner.
  • The seminar is just so informative. I learn something new from new people – new dogs – different weather / environment. Spend time with your dog, meet good folks, learn so much about tracking…the seminars are always great.
  • So much valuable information and sharing! Wonderful group of participants. The participants are always a pleasure to work alongside. Learning is tailored to each individual team so there is always something being learned or reinforced.
  • It doesn’t matter what level you are, you learn so much and on top of it all it’s so much fun.

Thank you everyone for taking part and for your great suggestions and feedback!

It was a great weekend and great start to the year! I am honoured to be a part of your tracking journey!

Looking forward to the next Summer Seminar Series weekends coming up in May, June and July. Please check the Seminars tab for more information.