Tracking sniffer dogs in dire need of acreage for trials.

ON THE SCENT: Handler Mike Jeavons with his dog Tango on the scent of his quarry. Photo: Supplied
ON THE SCENT: Handler Mike Jeavons with his dog Tango on the scent of his quarry. Photo: Supplied

All Breeds Tracking Club in Boyland is appealing to land owners to allow the use of land for competition purposes.

Club president Sharon Tolich said they had a long history with land owners and while their relationships with them were good, they now needed to expand the tracking areas.

“We have great relationship with land owners whose land we currently use and we have had an association with one of these land owners since the commencement of the club,” she said.

“The reason we are looking for more land is that the sport has become more popular and we currently have too many entries for the land that we have available so we have to ballot.

“We can only run a certain number of tracks to suit the land we have.”

Patch sniffs out a person hiding in the bush.

Patch sniffs out a person hiding in the bush.

Ms Tolich said the sport is similar to search and rescue, where dogs are trained to find ‘lost’ people.

“Our club has about 40 members, primarily from the Scenic Rim, Logan, Jimboomba and Gold Coast areas,” she said.

“We need large tracts of land because the largest tracks vary in length from 400 to 1200 metres.

She said the club held competitions over four weekends a year, starting in April and finishing in August.

“On the weekend of the trials, our members meet at the nominated grounds on the Friday, generally around midday,” she said.

“We set out various tracks by marking the way with fluoro tags attached to aluminium poles and anyone who is intending to camp will arrive to set up— we have a dedicated camp site and we also set up gazebos to provide shelter from the weather.”

Ms Tolich said the competition is usually over by midday on the Sunday of a trial weekend.

She said the club was affiliated with the Canine Control Council of Queensland (Dogs Queensland) and that all members were bound by their rules , policies and insurances.

“Our dogs are under control at all times, being on a harness and lead during tracks and contained in vehicles or dog crates when they are not working,” she said.

Ms Tolich asked property owners willing to help the club to please contact her on 0411 343 305  or email sharonnfrank1@bigpond.com