tried tagging this onto another thread, but ill try starting my own to see if i get some responses. ive been working with my girl bailey now for probably a couple months off/on depending on weather conditions. the problem i have is that she follows the track too fast, loses the track, and i end up practically guiding her down it myself. i know she gets the idea of what to do because later at night when i take her out for a bathroom break she'll go right to the start and do the whole track at a moderate/slow speed making sure she gets every treat she missed the first time. ive tried putting the leash underneath her to keep her nose down but she steps right over it. i seen someone suggest that on another thread. it may be my fault because in the early stages i would practice tangling the leash and have her step out of it. anyways, ive tried a harness, flat collar, prong collar using both rings so it doesnt tighten, flipped the prong collar inside out and used only one loop so it will tighten but with no prongs and i did one with her shock collar on (left over from our obedience classes) hoping she would just listen more with it on (didnt actually use it), but ive had no luck.
the past couple tracks ive been walking with her when she goes over it the second time slowly and encouraging/praising her as she makes her way down the track hoping it will carry over to her first time tracks, but i havent seen any improvement.
should i shorten her tracks? be more stiff on how far or what speed she can travel for awhile? i guess its just intiimidating that ive heard you should do minimal corrections when tracking so im cautious to jump to forcing her to do it.
any suggestions would be appreciated. this is something i started doing with the intent of just having fun and teaching bailey something different beyond just obedience/tricks.