Link to Workbook


Making Scents of the Urban Jungle: A Primer for VST Training "More of the Story" is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 booklet with a wire binding and clear plastic cover protecting the artwork cover page showing a Golden tracking in front of 3 houses. It is written appropriately by Steve Ripley, CT Zoe, and CH CT Archie. I say appropriately because the dogs are our trainers in tracking and this is particularly true in VST work. This book is very easy reading and logically arranged. The table of contents helps the reader locate comments on specific training issues (curbs, loading docks, storm drains and sewers, buildings, etc), tracking styles, motivation and conditioning, handling, methods to train, etc. The photographs are in full color on high quality paper making them easy to see; they demonstrate the points of discussion quite clearly. This second edition has an expanded chapter on hard surface training. I would say this little book will help make sense of urban tracking for anyone who is starting out in urban tracking and will even help those who are well on their way to earning the VST title. 

An Excerpt from the booklet.

"My focus is preparing you, as a handler, for variable surface work in an urban environment. I don’t want to focus on you teaching your dog TD or TDX work. There are plenty of good books that cover that subject. My main interest is helping to take you from TD and TDX into VST work and the many differences that you might expect to find along the training trail. This is not a cookbook recipe for training VST. It is filled with tips and ideas to help you along the way. It is said that in dog training it is not the destination that is the reward, but the journey to get there. My hope is that the information I will pass along will help make that journey successful and rewarding."


Cost for 2nd Edition Booklet


Cost for Combo "A Primer for VST Training" and "Workbook for VST Training" Booklets (A savings of $5)