The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I didn't us circle tracking as a training method - I used it as part of the progression from scent pads to straight line tracking. I loved watching my dog work his little brain and figure it out. I only did two or three circle tracks before introducing straight line tracks, a transition that went smoothly.
I think one of the big advantages of the circle track is, as you said, for the handler to just step back, and observe their dog working on figuring it out. You learn a lot just watching them, allowing the dog to make mistakes, allowing them to learn and correct themselves.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015