Local dog gains Tracking Dog Excellent title

Waldy Gorka and Samboya. - Photo submitted
Waldy Gorka and Samboya.
— image credit: Photo submitted

The Cranbrook German Shepherd Dog Club would like to extend our congratulations to one of our members, Waldy Gorka and his loyal dog, Samboya, for achieving their Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) title under Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) rules and regulations recently.

Gorka and his dog Samboya, a three-year-old German Shepherd, were the only dog and handler team to pass their tracking test, which was held by the Alberta Kennel Club in Calgary. This challenging tracking test is the second out of four tests offered by the CKC. The TDX is a 1,000 metre-long, three to five hour-old track laid by a stranger. The track is then crossed by another stranger to try and distract the dog and consists of three articles left behind by the original track layer. The dog must follow the original track laid by the first person and find the articles in order to pass the test. Samboya found all three articles, indicating them by lying down.

Samboya and Gorka obtained their tracking dog title last year in Morinville, Alberta, in the first of the four possible tests. The pair are training towards their next goal, the Urban Tracking dog, followed by the Urban Tracking Dog Excellent, at which point the dog is awarded the Champion Tracking Dog title from the CKC.

The Cranbrook German Shepherd Dog Club would like to thank all of the many people who helped in training the dog by laying racks. Words can not express our extreme gratitude, as this endeavour takes many, many hours of training. The club would also like to invite any new members interested in dog sport, including obedience, tracking and protection to come check out the club. Those interested may also visit the Web site at for more information.

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