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Old 03-31-2012, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just started tracking and Jax seems to really like it. She will pull me to the flag and creep towards the box or track until I release her.

In a box or triangle, she will search for the food but once she gets to the track she flies down it missing half the food until she gets to the end where she comes to an abrupt stop.

I tried making the food pieces smaller so she wasn't 'sighting' them instead of tracking but it didn't seem to make a difference. She has her nose about 1-2" above the ground and flying down it.

How do I slow her down and make her "think" without dampening her enthusiasm?
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are using a harness or a fursaver? I would use a fursaver, and run the line between her legs so it comes out between her rear legs.
Then stay close to her and pulse the line to get her in a rhythm.
Because she can air scent in your AKC style tracking, keeping her nose down isn't that important. But, if you want her to slow down and check footsteps try to get her to track that way; nose down.
Karlo will not eat every bit of bait, and passes up more than he eats, but he still is searching. I've started changing up how I place the food, and will do more random 'jackpot piles' instead of a piece of every now and then.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks Jane! Will try that tomorrow!
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