I'll start with the problem: Ever since I introduced articles, my dog has been completely ignoring food on the track and simply rushing to find the articles. So he's both rushing through the track, false indicating sometimes, and skipping food on the track and I'm sort of at a loss of what to do.
Now, some background:
2.5 years old. Tracking since he was a puppy. My first dog
The most consecutive footsteps we've gotten to without food is 11 (always odd).
How we taught articles: First elevated over Tupperware on the track - he would get to the article, I'd give a platz and then open the tupperwear for him to eat the food inside. Then, moved the articles off the track - at home using positive methods (mostly shaping).
Then back onto the track - would get to the article, indicate it, and I'll walk up the line to him, reward him with food directly on the article, rest and praise a little (maybe 30 seconds), then restart.
Usually I'll do the following:
heavily baited scent pad, a few baited footsteps, then a bait every 1,3,5,7,9,11 footsteps randomly.
He's good with corners, 90 degrees as well as more acute ones.
Now my problem becomes this: I am not entirely sure how to slow him down. I don't want to correct him for going too fast because when I do he'll just get confused and platz (I don't correct hard at all, I think that's just his default behavior when he's confused - but I could be *very* wrong). I can't use more food on the article because he just skips it. Even if I leave random jackpots throughout the track he'll gulp them down in 1 second and keep racing to the article.
I'm not sure if he's showing that he's ready for less food on the track or somethin or if I'm doing many things wrong but I sure could use some advice here.
I know it's very hard to give advice on these things without seeing the dog in action. I'll gladly take a video of the tracking and post it here if it helps. In the meantime, any advice how I can slow him down a bit, keep his nose deeper, and have him not see the article as the culmination of the exercise? Should I reward less on the articles and leave random jackpots? Any other advice?
Sorry for babbling