Are you doing search and rescue or sport tracking? What is the goal for the pup. I am going to be out today as well.
Your ID says "was Virginia, not England" Not familiar with the stuff in England but can't imagine it is any more vicious than the brambles in Virigina. I just can't imagine a dog in the woods with foot and leg protection.
NAPWDA Certified Cadaver Dog
Waiting at the Bridge (italics
=GSDs) (hemangiosarcoma=blue):Grim , Cyra, Toby
, Rainbow, Linus, Oscar
, Arlo & Waggles