I would consider other factors like grass height, temp, moisture, wind speed and direction, and see if something else made it much harder. i wouldnt expect 15 mins to made a big difference but if youve only ever done it one way then a change can throw them. If there was another big factor like wind I'd try the same age with no wind and see what happens. But yeah if the dog is struggling keep going backwards to the place where they did well and then move forward in smaller increments is usually my go-toNot sure what's going on with her, but I had a chance to age the track today. I waited 15 minutes. She was very sloppy. Don't know if it was the wind or what. I just kind of figured it was the time?
So maybe adding up to 10 minutes to start and increasing as she gets better?
YES!! It's weird! I was just now thinking that too! She is used to getting to work faster!! And i DID notice much more anxiety when we finally got to the start. Super impatient!Something else to remember about having not let your tracks age, the routine of not waiting for her. Waiting now is going to throw her off a little.
Yes. I definitely will. New schedule to get used to.Start a routine. the same routine you will use on trial day. I lay my tracks, go let him out to pee and put him back. I then take my tracking line and hook it to the crate while he watches me stretch it out. I'll toss a few pieces of food in the crate. Go Wait.
When I get him, it's the same thing. Collars on. Hook the line. Take my ball and do the same obedience routine. Then I have him under control and his brain is with me. Put the ball away and walk to the flag. I shake the imaginary judges hand and say, "Michelle and Seger reporting in for IPO tracking. My dog will indicate the article by pointing it out."
Every single thing you do tells them what the next step is.