We were out this morning with out scent club practicing man-trailing. We were working at a park that has sport fields, a disc golf course and a nice big dog park. We were working around the sport fields and disc golf course (no games or scheduled golf competitions this morning). Along with our club dogs a number of other people were coming and going to visit the dog park or simply walk their dogs around the sport fields. Chief and I had done 3 runs already and were on our last track. This is the first time I was doing the trail blindfolded (escorted by the trainer). As we were going along a random dog walker was going to pass us with a GSD. My trainer had me come up the leash and get a hold of my dog. I simply held the handle on her harness and she sat at heel. I kept the blindfold on and felt my gal-dog's head with my hand and patted her chest. Chief was calm and cool and her breathing never quickened. It was amazing. Once the other dog passed I told her to continue on and she moved right out smartly! Not long afterwards we found our source. It was so interesting, feeling the leash, head pops and such and her not turning around asking me for confirmation. That is something I'd like to try again.
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