I am not doing scent pads with my puppy. I have been doing circles. I put the tracking flag down and extra bait at the flag. I am not pointing, guiding or anything. There is food in every footstep and the circle is about 200 paces now. Pele has to find the track and work out all the scent. Circle seems to work and Pele gets the wind from all directions. There is no conflict from me. I just watch him Its not pretty but he is learning on his own to be efficient and methodical and he experiences loss of scent without much stress.. I do not add more bait at the end nor do I play at the end. This has created hectic fast tracking in my older dog. The track itself is the reward. He works the track hard. We quit when he is done and or the bait is gone. I have no idea what the final product will be as this is a newer technique I am using. Its hard for me not to guide, restrict and mess with him as he learns endurance in his concentration and solving the scenting challenges. This method has been popularized recently by Ivan Balabanov. We'll see!
"Sita" Rosewoods Hot Tamale CD 2/6/00~3/26/08
"Nandi" Celhaus Rama Ring of Fire IPO 1, AKC TD, CGC 12/18/2004
Pele vom Landschaft IPO 3