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What do you use for tracking as baits? Which is the most effective tool for you?
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High value: Bil Jac frozen, Natural Balance rolls, hot dogs, bologna, sardines, or tripe...all cut up small. 99% of the time it's Bil Jac...convenient, and dogs devour it. I use it for OB too.

Low value: I use kibble. I also find that in the summer when ants are everywhere, kibble gives you a little less attraction of ants, giving you a little more time to get your track completed before your bait is carried away

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I use a product called Redbarn. It comes in roll and I cut it up and the ants don't bother it.

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I mostly used kibble. If they've already eaten, I use string cheese, food roll, bits of hot dog...
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Good question! My last two tracking sessions didn't go so well. My puppy likes to take the bait and burry it with her nose. Or last time, pick it up walk off the track a few steps burry it then continue the track. The first time it was cute and funny. Now, I just want her to do it right. I have a tried a couple things that just didn't work for us so I have been trying to figure out what to try next.
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I use cooked chicken, natural balance rolls, string cheese, cat kibble, and usually jackpot a raw meal hidden at the end of the track. My dog won't eat the food on the track if there are ants on it.

I am not sure the reason but Bil-Jac frozen is not sold in Michigan. I've gotten it from a friend who lives in OH, but can't get it here. It is very smelly.

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I use cooked chicken, natural balance rolls, string cheese, cat kibble, and usually jackpot a raw meal hidden at the end of the track. My dog won't eat the food on the track if there are ants on it.

I am not sure the reason but Bil-Jac frozen is not sold in Michigan. I've gotten it from a friend who lives in OH, but can't get it here. It is very smelly.

Very strange you can't get it near you. If you contact them direct at 1-800-842-5098 I'm sure they can ship you some, since there's no one near you, or maybe an OH distributor can sell it to you, but drop ship direct to you. I have a local friend who is a distributor, so he buys in bulk. I usually get a 40 lb box and split it between friends. I split it into individual zip lock bags in convenient sizes for a tracking or OB session.

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Thanks for the number!
I may call them and see if they'll ship, but if I remember right, there was something with MI law preventing them from having distributors here. I never was that into it to pay shipping costs.

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What do you use for tracking as baits? Which is the most effective tool for you?
Pretty much anything....kibble, dried chicken treats, cheese, lunch meat, cooked meat, food roll, goldfish crackers, dried cereal, cat food.

I try to use something moist and something that's not super stinky or super high value. My dogs both enjoy tracking and I don't have to rely on them being hungry or the bait being extra special for motivation. Once the dog knows articles I don't bait tracks and give them something a little better at articles (like a dried chicken strip).

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