Just something to think about since you aren't really working towards any formal goal, but it may be more enjoyable if you stick to footstep tracking in the beginning. There's more that's tangible and easier for you to see that he's actually tracking and not just hunting around. You can always free him up to hunt later, you can even do both later if he has a foundation with footstep that has built a commitment to using his nose.What are the benefits of FST vs TTD? More accurate but much lower success rate?
Should you put the jackpot at the "destination" end of the track? Or does one only ever want a dog to track along a track regardless?Pull off the pads with the pup struggling to stay on. When you move to short tracks, have a jackpot at the end and after the pup has eaten the pile of food or grabbed the toy the track is over. You can play tug and toss with the toy.