- Nov 8, 2006
He does look rather relaxed. Great picture of a true dog lover.
Actually over here we have a construction so you can attach hooves to your heel,so it leaves the scent while you are walking.I've been working with Sally on tracking . she is staying on hooves only trails , it slows her down some . when I drag she just about runs along the trail , pulling me hard . with the hooves she has to take her time , or she over shoots the trail on a turn . I'll start off dragging a piece of hide and liver behind me , while I work hooves in front of me while I walk . I'll pick up the hide and liver and just use the hooves for a ways , then I'll drop the drag and keep going . I've been dragging less often , and shorter lengths while I do the hooves only . she does it , she follows the trail to the end and gets her liver treat . I wear my rubber knee boots . I'm hoping it's actually the hooves she's following , and not my tracks . I don't know how to tell if the hooves are leaving scent , or when the hooves are worn out and done leaving scent . I'll keep a few more sets of hooves this year . I just keep working with her , hopefully it pays off when she's needed . I'd like to get her on a few trails again this year . she goes crazy when she sees her vest and long lead . we can't get going soon enough .
my makeshift set up . I attach a piece of liver , about the size of a snuff can , to the hitch pin by the hide .
thanks Buddy , I'll take all the good luck wishes I can get . I'd like to think we are getting things figured out . I'm very happy with our small victories . I'm anxious to get her on a few real deer blood trails . it's right around the corner , about 6 weeks until archery starts .Sounds like you are getting her dialed in, Jim. It is great to have a dog that can track wounded deer. Good luck with your continued training.