Dogs have a very keen sense of smell—100,000 times stronger than humans! That’s why dogs are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer and oncoming seizures. AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent, and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. In tracking the dog is completely in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking are the hours spent outside, training and interacting with their dogs.



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Tracking Judges

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Rules & Regulations

Become familiar with the AKC Rules and Regulations for Tracking Events


Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) Guide

Learn about this potential tracking title


Points & Awards

View your dog's point progression towards AKC titles and awards


Getting Started: Titles

Read about Tracking Event Titles


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Upload your favorite Tracking photos to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #AKCtracking.