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post #210 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2014, 10:54 AM
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Challenges of tracking:

Keeping speed down and intensity of the search up.

Getting dog to work through problems and not look to handler for help.

Having a dog who has a "Must Do It" mentality without applying too much pressure. It is easy to stretch that rubber band too thin and have things snap. This is what happened to me last Spring in the weeks leading up to the National and regional competitions. I am still trying to work it out now. In this case my solutions ended up being worse than my problems. Now there is a glitch in that little computer that is kind of like an intermediate short in an electronic unit..Never knowing when it is going to re-surface.

Allowing the dog to track is the biggest key, and not getting in the way. I have to remember that the dogs nose is better than my eyes. Many people want to steer the dog and creates a dog who does not really track.
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