All dogs are able to use their sense of smell to track. A dog's scenting ability is so acute it can distinguish tracks that are sometimes many days old simply from a person walking across the countryside, the track often crossed by other people and animals.
ANKC tracking trials test the dog's natural ability and willingness to follow a track left by human footsteps only. Each test is structured so the degree of difficulty increases at each level to the point where a dog can track a person over 1200 metres with a 3 hour time lapse. Two diversion cross tracks are laid after the original tracklayer has passed.
All dogs, pedigree or non-pedigree, are eligible to enter Tracking Trials held by affiliated Clubs. To achieve tracking titles with your dog 3 passes are required for the Tracking Dog Title, 3 passes are required for the Tracking Dog Excellent Title and one additional pass is required at the highest level for the dog to become a Tracking Champion.
In South Australia many breeds of dog compete in tracking trials from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. If you are interested in tracking with your dog, contact the Secretary of the Tracking Dog Club of SA, Nid Watt, on 8380 5194 or visit the Tracking Dog Club of SA's http://trackingdogsa.org/ website