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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-04-2014, 06:06 AM
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start with the scent pad and stand in the middle of it and be patient. don't rush getting off of the scent pad. When you start to lay a track from the scent pad you take baby steps and put a small treat in each foot print. Tiny little treats like diced hotdog or Redbarn rolled food. Something easy to pick up and gobble down. You don't always want to go straight either. You want to avoid the dog learning, "oh,go this way and then that way to get to the reward at the end" Keep em guessing with gentle curvy lines. If it is warm where you are, go early in the morning. You don't want birds and bugs eating the treats you put out on your puppy track.

When my pup had learned the scent pad well and we started moving along a track, he wanted to rush right to the treat at the end. Now he is slower and takes his time sniffing the whole way but make sure you lay the track with the wind to your back so the smell of the jackpot at the end is not too tempting.

And like all training, finding someone who knows what they are doing to work with is much better than learning online.

(disclaimer: still just learning tracking myself)
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