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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Online Training & Coaching

In 2016 Spiritdance Coaching offered the first online CKC-focused tracking classes and webinars in Canada! Many thanks to those who have participated in the first test-courses to help as this format has been developed and improved to provide in-home training! Imagine – a tracking class, coffee in hand and relaxing in your pajamas!

Please check out Online Training – Seminars, Webinars, On-Demand and Coaching
*Keep checking for updates. Many are offered as live classes. On-demand is coming soon!

In the past year, Spiritdance Coaching has offered the following online classes and seminars, bringing together people across Canada:

  • Beginners Tracking (Foundations and TD / Field Tracking – 6 weeks)
  • Advanced Tracking (TDX and Urban Tracking – 6 weeks)
  • Winter Tracking (two sessions)
  • Tracking Goals and Training Plans (Weekly January webinars)
  • So You Want to be a Tracking Judge (1/2 day Webinar)
  • Google Earth Maps & Tracking Apps (On-demand 1 hour training)

Donna Brinkworth, a Professional Coach, has also enjoyed 1:1 Personal Coaching on weeknights, for both new and advanced trackers across Canada since last fall. Coaching is offered from Fall to Spring in the tracking “off season.”