Tracking events test a dog’s ability to follow a scent. A competitor must locate items, retrieve them, and bring them to the judges. Small terriers and scenthounds are usually best suited for this event, due to their keen sense of smell.
All you will need to get started is a harness and a tracking lead (between 20 and 40 feet long) and either a large yard or some other open area where you can lay out tracks. It’s possible to be your dog’s tracking trainer, but you may want an experienced trainer to help you get started to avoid having to retrain him at all. Once your dog is ready for tracking competitions, there are several levels of tracking, determined by the number of turns in the track, the length of the trail, and several other things. There are several titles available for dogs that excel in this sport.