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VST PASS! Steve Herwig and Champion Tracker Crystal

On February 25, 2018, Gamblers Agility Club Of Greater Las Vegas held a Variable Surface Tracking Test. In the words of one competitor "The VST is not for sissys". The Variable Surface Test is the most challenging of the tracking events and with just an 11% pass rate, an VST Title is indeed an great accomplishment to earn. 

From "AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.

We've all seen movies with dogs following the trail of an escapee through swamps. The AKC's Tracking Tests allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. This vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes. In the real world, dogs track through urban settings, as well as through wilderness. A VST dog has demonstrated this ability by following [an over 600 yard track that is aged] three to five-hour-old track that may take him down a street, through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation."

With great weather and grounds, and five tracks laid, GACGLV is proud to congratulate all the competitors at this years and best of all, we had one passing dog. BIG congratulations to our very own Steve Herwig and Crystal (CT Landstar’s Diamond In The Ruff TDX TDU VST OA OAJ OF CGC)!!!  

THANK YOU to each exhibitor who was awarded a track. They shared their enthusiasm and lessons learned about their track and showed great positive sportsmanship. THANK YOU to our judges Pia Paulsen and Stephanie A Gonyeau for your passion for this sport and the numerous hours you spent preparing for and fulfilling your judging assignments. Thank you to Karin Fastow for handling the paperwork at Trial Secretary. And THANK YOU to our volunteer tracklayers, Pat Shaw, Cheryl Alfred and Karin Fastow, who laid the stink down!

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