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02-04-2013 08:03 PM
PuppyKono Thanks Everyone! I leave a big pile of meat at the end but she eats it and keeps going. I guess I wont worry about it for now
02-04-2013 11:49 AM
lhczth Many of my dogs can not have a jack pot or ball at the end of the track. It makes the end of the track more important than the track itself. I just don't worry if they want to keep sniffing afterwards. Once they have some experience they learn when we are done the picture changes. I take the line at the collar, release them and then either walk to the "judge", pop out a toy, free them up and let them have more line just to walk or let them off the line.
02-04-2013 11:12 AM
Tracking: Keeps on going...

At the end of my tracks after my dog has indicated the last article, he gets a can of sardines. It's his ultimate jackpot treat and requires a bit of chewing and licking, so by the time he's finished eating, I am prepared to move back to the car quickly. Usually I get all excited and "cheerleader"ish and tell him what a good job he did etc, and we happily skip off to the car together, lol.

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02-04-2013 10:57 AM
szariksdad For my dog from a young pup I have trained the word finish to mean that we are all done with working on an exercise. THis way he knows the exercise is over. Otherwise he has such a deep nose he would keep working on another smell nearby. Also I try to make his jackpot big enough he has to stop and eat it. This way i can come up and tell him and then praise him so he knows he is done.
02-02-2013 10:37 PM
onyx'girl You need to have different textures, wood, leather, fabric...scent may not be as strong on things that aren't as porous. My dog tends to blow the wood ones now and then
For young dogs learning(without articles) I think it is best to pull them away after rewarding at the end of the track and leave them wanting not encouraging them to still search, but move swiftly away.
OR/AND...move to another flag/track and do another with less food maybe a bit more complex with serpentine or a turn
02-02-2013 10:20 PM
Jag Please excuse my ignorance, but what are the carpet pieces and wood pieces for? I thought you just had leather articles for them to 'signal' that they'd found.
02-02-2013 07:35 PM
robk Your dog may be telling you that she is ready for a longer or more complex track.
02-02-2013 07:24 PM
Catu I end with a toy too. I throw the toy at the last article when the dog is staring at it, so it magically appears from the article, which has helped me also to improve articles. I don't play with the dog on the tracking field, but I let him prance proudly with it on his mouth, showing off towards the car.
02-02-2013 12:22 PM
KJenkins Make my own articles also. A single $3.00 2x4 eight feet long will make over 200 regulation sized articles. I order scrap leather usually through e-bay and get my carpet from Lowes or Home Depot via the carpet samples they have.

I always end my tracking with a dog biscuit...I know a plain treat but my dogs have always loved them and the ants don't swarm on them. It teaches them tracking isn't over until they find the biscuit no matter whether it's for a beginning dog or FH level. On a personal level once they are at the end of the track it's not a big deal to me if they still want to follow scent all the way back to the car or to check out with the judge.
02-02-2013 11:55 AM
TrickyShepherd We've had the same problem with Storm. I think she's just following where I left the actual track I made. She enjoys the food and just keeps going. What I've done with her to try to signal that she's done is I have her training toy (ball or tug) in my pocket. Once she gets all the food and is praised for a good track.... I tell her OK! and take the toy out like I would for praising an OB command. Not sure if that's the right way to do it or not... but, it gets her mind back on me and she usually doesn't try to keep going. If I don't do that, she will keep going until who knows when! Just something I've notice work with her. Hopefully, it's not something that's ruining her tracking.

I am also in the process of getting articles to work with her. But, we are in the first steps... lots more work to do anyways.
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