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04-04-2014 06:32 PM
onyx'girl One thing I've found is that when the track is a bit more difficult it will hold the dogs interest longer(for those dogs that aren't into tracking for food or articles, but to actually track the scent trail. If the track is super easy, my dog loses interest. Thats where the obedience comes into play, he knows he must track, even though it is boring to him.
Most challenging for me is finding places to track. I have one field that I'm allowed to use....it is ok, but not great, most often very short cover.
I wish I had several areas with different cover I had access to.
04-04-2014 11:57 AM
lhczth Tracking is very easy. We humans just make it difficult. I have found for myself that creating a tracking dog first and adding OB to the track later works best. I won't always pull off perfect scores, but I do get pretty consistent tracks.
04-04-2014 01:24 AM
Liesje I would not change too much until you talk to your trainer or club. I've found that tracking is one of those things where there are dozens of ways to achieve the end goal (SchH3 or FH) but often a TD or club likes to use certain methods. I don't like tracking all that much so I tend to defer to my TD and club people for help and direction in this phase above the other two phases. One of my dogs was a breeze to track and has always been his best trial scores, another was very challenging and only really tracked a handful of times until he was over 2 years old. When I start Legend in a few weeks, I'll do what I did with Nikon because I assume he will track very similar and also that is just what I know. I've looked at some other methods where the theory makes sense, but without having someone nearby that has had success and can coach me, I'm reluctant to make major changes in our program.
04-03-2014 03:00 PM
Freddy Different strokes, I guess. We go from scent circles to dial outs to the long table. You can't exactly serpentine up there.
04-03-2014 02:55 PM
lhczth Not necessarily. Some trainers do these from the start to create correct behaviors and then mix them in for the life of the dog.
04-03-2014 02:31 PM
Freddy Agreed but wouldn't they be added once a foundation has been established?
04-03-2014 02:26 PM
lhczth Scent boxes, circle tracks, serpentines, stair tracks and other ideas teach the dog to work the scent carefully and not just blow down the track until they lose scent (hit a corner).
04-03-2014 01:56 PM
Freddy Since you are doing schutzhund/IPO tracking, you might want to consider that all trial tracks will be straight lines with 90 degree corners. Not sure how circle tracks would benefit you.
04-03-2014 01:55 PM
Freddy I was taught that scent circles are the beginning foundation. Step 2 would be dial outs, or straight lines leading out of the circle (one per circle). Step 3, once the dog understands footstep tracking is to introduce articles separately from the track.
04-03-2014 01:25 PM
Anubis_Star Circle tracks, we've yet to do anything with scent pads. And yes, I do pull him off before he is done to avoid him losing interest.

Good idea about the flag, I never thought about that
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