I have tracked with my pup a whopping twice total now. Well 3 times if you count 2 seperate exercises at the beginner's clinic we attended.
At the clinic, he skipped ALL the food in his track (hot dogs). We stopped dropping it in the track and put piles on the articles, which I encouraged him to stop, noticd a d eat, then he would take off down the track again. He did seem to be tracking though, even though he wasnt eating BUT track was in very tall grass so visible, so maybe he was following what hd could see?
I took him out to try some short tracks yesterday. I did not put that much food in the track because I didn't think he would eat it. I did 2 short tracks with a mild turn in each, reward a few feet after turn.
He never picked up speed like at clinic. I would start him, he would sniff a few (5?) Feet, maybe find a treat, maybe pass over it, pick his head up and whine like he does when he isn't sure what he is supposed to be doing. I would the encouragehim to sniff again and could usually get him started. Slower pace fine by me, I think is better?
At clinic he had multiple articles along a short track, I only did articles at start and finish of mine, maybe should do more.
Any advice appreciated. We are training for AKC TD