While we realize that few things are as upsetting to some competitive folks as a trainer who claim expertise in a field without the benefit of a sport title, the facts are that Joe Nick’s dogs and the dogs he has trained, have far exceeded the demands of any titling body. If you doubt that, consider this for a moment... the typical start of a working Search & Rescue tracking scenario:
~ You and your dog are pulled from a warm bed and deep sleep with no warning
~The "scent article" has been handled by multiple people before being handed to you OR
~ Your scent article is the driver's side door handle on a car, or the driver's seat, or a shirt button, or nothing at all
~25 searchers with good intentions have been combing & re-combing your track area for hours
~The "start" is believed to be somewhere in a half-mile stretch of roadside, probably with other miscellaneous items like litter
~ The direction of the first leg is believed to be X, though it may also be A, Q or Z
~ Your track may cover any kind of terrain possible, including rivers, impassable 8 foot fences, swamps, landfills, interstate highways and backyards containing resident dogs
~ There may be no "end" to your track - your subject just keeps moving, or gets in a car, or is actually no where near the area and is sipping coffee in Dunkin’ a few miles away
Do dogs track successfully under these conditions? Yes. Every day, across the country, highly trained K-9's work under such conditions with professional handlers.
If you want your dog to work like the best - train with the best.