Downeast Dog News

Training Your Performance Dog

Agility, Obedience, Tracking
By Carolyn Fuhrer | Jun 02, 2020

Exciting News for Performance Teams!

Maine has a new dog club – On Track Agility Club of Maine. The club was formed to bring more quality and supportive AKC tracking tests to Maine – a real bonus for all of us who like to track but really do not like to travel far and wide to find tests. The club plans to offer tests at all levels and also provide instruction and follow up workshops for all levels of training. The club will offer a tracking match this year with possible tests this fall and a full schedule of tests next year.

The club is very fortunate to have access to many beautiful parcels of land in central Maine to assure that tracks offered in tests will be of excellent quality and full of fun and challenging obstacles.

Besides the wonderful new tracking opportunities, the club will also be offering an AKC Agility trial next year This year, they will offer an agility match and an ACT test.

The philosophy of the club and its 25 charter members is to provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere for all participants with an emphasis on encouraging beginners and juniors. The club is very fortunate to have a wide range of experienced, very talented members – many with a high degree of expertise in their field and also several AKC judges.

One of the aspects of performance sports that the club emphasizes is education and training of everyone who will assist at the trials and tests. if you have ever been to an event where stewards, ring crew, or tracklayers are knowledgeable and confident in their jobs, you know what a great feeling this is! Things run smoothly, people are happy, and everyone enjoys the day. Being a worker at an event is a very important job, not just any warm body will do. Quality events are a reflection of the quality of the workers and how well they have been taught. In tracking, a poor tracklayer can cost you a pass. In agility, unskilled workers cause trials to run much longer than necessary.

Congratulations to On Track Agility Club of Maine for recognizing the need to educate workers. I am sure the judges and exhibitors will appreciate your efforts.

If you are new to dog sports and have an interest in tracking and/or agility, check out Maine’s newest club. There is no better way to learn than to be a welcome part of a group of enthusiastic experienced club members.

For more information, call Kathy at 207-691-2332.

Thanks to all of you in OTAC and GOOD LUCK!


Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 125 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker titles and has recently become an AKC Tracking Judge. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. You can contact her with questions, suggestions, and ideas for her column by e-mailing