Hard surface tracking - German Shepherd Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Questforfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Scotland
Posts: 168
Hard surface tracking

Those of you experienced in tracking, when do you generally start laying hard surface tracks? And do you go right back to the beginning and start with single leg tracks again and build up, or is this not necessary? Also do you use anything other than your feet to lay tracks on hard surfaces - ie some sort of scent?
Questforfire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 06:30 PM
Crowned Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: ontario -
Posts: 11,303
ask Sue Birch-Bark Hill: Kira's Scent Work in the Snow

when I do mine I just walk , whatever surface is there is there .

Carmen

**********


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
carmspack is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Senior Member
 
Tim Connell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 302
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.

Interests:
Police K9/Explosive Detection/IPO/Ring
Working GSD/Malinois

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Tim Connell is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Questforfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Scotland
Posts: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
ask Sue Birch-Bark Hill: Kira's Scent Work in the Snow

when I do mine I just walk , whatever surface is there is there .
Thank you, I will definitely get in touch with Sue. I am learning so much from her brilliant blog
Questforfire is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Questforfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Scotland
Posts: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim Connell View Post
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, 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.
Thank you, that makes sense. I have already started him on field and stubble tracks, but will add in some hard surfaces and see how we get on.
Questforfire is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 07:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Tim Connell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 302
Quote:
Originally Posted by Questforfire View Post
Thank you, that makes sense. I have already started him on field and stubble tracks, but will add in some hard surfaces and see how we get on.

When you first start pavement, since your dog can already track, perhaps just hydrating it to hold your scent, and a bit of food on the track, and he should pick it up straightaway.

Extinct the hydration and then the food after a session or two, and see how it goes.

Interests:
Police K9/Explosive Detection/IPO/Ring
Working GSD/Malinois

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Tim Connell is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Questforfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Scotland
Posts: 168
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim Connell View Post
When you first start pavement, since your dog can already track, perhaps just hydrating it to hold your scent, and a bit of food on the track, and he should pick it up straightaway.

Extinct the hydration and then the food after a session or two, and see how it goes.
Thank you for your help Tim. I will definitely try that. Wish us luck
Questforfire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome