This morning Kort and I went out and tracked, well he tracked a straight line of 50 paces lol. We haven't been out for close to 2 years as I just couldn't get myself committed to going.
Recently a friend asked if anyone was interested in tracking with her and I jumped at the chance to have someone to go out with once again. The next thing we knew many others said they wanted to get involved and learn how to track their dogs, so we formed a little group .
Last night was our club meeting so we thought it would be a great time to get together before the meeting, seeing as it was at the College that's where we went. It was pouring rain so I left Kort at home thinking I would help those that needed help to get their dogs started. By the time we got to the College the rain had stopped, perfect weather for tracking!!
This morning the grass was still nice and moist so the conditions were ideal again. As soon as I put Kort's harness on he started whining, he knew we were going tracking. I let him follow my steps to the scent pad, once he got there he didn't even notice the food on the pad, he just stared straight ahead, he knew there was a track there. I put my hand down to show him the pad and a light bulb went off, he carried on going from step to step .
I had food in every step for about half way, then every 2nd or third, before the end of the track I didn't put any food down at all so he had to track about the last 4 steps to find the jackpot. I was very pleased with how he pulled into the harness never once raising his head up from the task at hand.
Now hopefully I will go at least twice a week, I will eventually be aging the tracks and adding distance and turns but today was all about building up his confidence again and I think I achieved that!
Here's our track from this morning......