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tracking in the snow

Pointless? Or not?

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Why not? Fritz runs with his nose burried in the snow.....There are smells down there.

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I personally don't see the benefit. I trialed in Nov in 50 mph winds with dry cover....we passed, but barely. The next day the people trialing had no wind, nice frost cover and scored quite high. A week later a trial had 2" of snow cover and light wind. Everyone scored high and even a 100 pt track.
We will track in the snow, just to track, but it isn't really for 'training' purposes.

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Why not? I know I will never trial in the snow because of my location, but I still want to get the dogs out so I will. We have been on the crap end of snow fall lately, so I haven't had to decide if I will still track in deep snow, or head for a lower elevation. I had both dogs out a couple of weeks ago while it was dumping, but it hadn't really accumulated much. It was fun - but my fingers froze from baiting the steps!

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It snows a lot here. Our trainer says snow is good for teaching article indication, so maybe we will start work on that.

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I'll probably track in the snow with my club on Sunday, but it will be just to track, not so much training...we'll do serpentines and acute corners. If I was working a young dog, I'd keep it fun too. Snow tracking is harder on the handler than the dog, for sure!

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It snows a lot here. Our trainer says snow is good for teaching article indication, so maybe we will start work on that.

It is *supposed* to snow a lot where I live. Unfortunately, it hasn't snowed nearly as much as it should the last few years

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We have had subzero temps in WI all week, so the dogs are digging at the couch and bickering more than usual. I wonder if we will have tracking practice this week. If we are, they are going! They need something to do!

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When I was training for search and rescue, I used the snow a lot because of where I live. I would do tracks in the snow and she loved it. I also would take a hot water bottle, wrap a shirt in it and have someone bury it. Then they would leave. She would follow the track, then since there was tracks leaving start to follow them, then realize there was a stronger human scent from the snow and she learned very quickly to start digging. Had lots of fun using snow in training work.
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