Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA
We use a modified version of the HITT method, for police dog type tracks/trails.
We start them on a scent pad to reinforce nose down behavior, and as soon as that is solid, we transition right to a hard surface track.
Pavement, concrete, hard pack, dirt, grass, then woods. (leaves, pine needles, forest floor material in our region) The theory is train them on "most difficult to least difficult", so the dog starts tracking on the most difficult surface it will ever encounter.
We also track in snow, of course, if in season.
We start the dogs on hard surface as soon as they exhibit good nose down behavior, and concentration for the task. Very dependent on the individual dog, but they usually progress quickly.
Police K9/Explosive Detection/IPO/Ring
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