Palo Alto Foothills Tracking Association, Inc.
The Palo Alto Foothills Tracking Association is located in the San Francisco peninsula area of California. We are a small but enthusiastic group of people dedicated to the sport of dog tracking. We host several dog tracking events every year under American Kennel Club auspices, as well as sponsoring educational seminars and workshops related to dog tracking.
What is Tracking?
Tracking is a sport in which a dog follows the scent of a person who has walked through the area earlier. The dog must follow the scent trail left by the walking person, and identify an article or articles which the person has dropped along the way. The track is between 30 minutes and two hours old for Tracking Dog (TD) and Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) tests and between three and five hours old for Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) and Variable Surface Tracking (VST) tests. The dog wears a harness attached to a 20-40' long line, and the handler must read from the dog's behavior where the track goes.
Want to get Involved?
Attend a Meeting! Meetings are held at 7.30 PM the third Friday of February, May, August and November on the San Francisco peninsula. Currently our meetings are held at 2 Feet and 4 Paws Dog Training Facility (158 San Lazaro Ave., Sunnyvale, CA).
Watch a Tracking Test! Our tracking tests are listed on the Events page. Come and watch, or better still, volunteer to help out
Teach Your Dog To Track! Contact one of the
trainers on the Tracking Links page
for information about tracking classes in your area.
Purchase PAFTA MerchandisePlease use this link to make a purchase from the PAFTA store.
Guidelines for Tracklayers!
The 4th edition of our GUIDELINES FOR TRACKLAYERS BOOKLET is now available. It was revised in 2010 to the new AKC Tracking Regulations explaining the fundamentals for all AKC test tracks: TD, TDX and VST. A brief 3 pages are on cross tracks, illustrations are throughout. For more information contact Mary Ann.