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Tracking under "pressure"

We track Mon-Fri every week around 6AM. Different surfaces, Grass, Sand, Dirt, different conditions etc.

Normally when she starts messing up or deviating off track on something more interesting, I encourage her back vocally and by pointing down at the track.
Over the last few weeks she has had a couple of missteps on tracks that I know she should not have any issue with and I have used a light correction, blocked her with my leg when she tried to circle around me, and scolded her back on the track. When I did this the first time I did it a little out of frustration and didn't catch myself in time, however to my surprise, she actually put her head straight down, started swishing her tail from side to side, found the track and continued to the end in "tracking" mode.
I've done it a couple of times since and each time she has switched into Hunt mode, and become really focused on her job. The admonishment doesn't seem to affect her enjoyment of the tracking.

Wondering if anyone has had same experience or any thoughts on whether this is something I should avoid/continue.

She's not really a junior tracker, we've been tracking pretty much every week for a year now, she loves it, will platz instantly on the article, and loves the tug play at the end of the track. Her obedience is also excellent.
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