Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: SchH tracking...dirt/grass
Which is easier will depend on a whole lot of factors beyond just grass vs dirt.
Dry, sparse, short grass or lush, tall, damp grass?
True "grass" or forty zillion different green plants all growing together and giving off different scent profiles?
Rich, moist, tilled dirt or dry, dusty, hard packed moon dust? Clay? Sand? Nice farm dirt? When was it last tilled, fertilized, spead with manure? What kind of bugs and microbes are in the soil that got squashed by the tracklayer?
Now figure in temperature and wind and humidity and many other things. Much more complicated than just dirt or grass.
Dirt can provide a more pure scent for the dog, as it is more conducive to the dog picking out the human scent on the track, without having to sort that out from all the smells of crushed vegetation, possibly crushed flowering vegetation, etc...
Whether a dog trained on dirt can do well on grass, and vice versa, depends a lot on the training and what that dog is tracking. A dog used to tracking on dirt may find the grass smells overwhelming and have difficulty picking out the human scent. A dog trained on grass may have learned to cue too much off the scent of the crushed vegetation, rather than the human, and have more difficulty switching to dirt where those vegetation scents are absent.
Good training involves exposing the dog to as many factors as possible, including different tracking covers, once the dog has the basic skills needed and is ready for that. Not always so easy to do, even when the trainer wants to, as not everyone has access where they live to a variety of different tracking covers. Especially in many areas of the country. But trainers need to do what they can to expose their dogs to this. You never know what you'll encounter on trial day.
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