Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tracking Practice - July 3, 2008

Met with Donna at Briones Park to walk dogs and train. We laid a track with Scout for Loki. Then we went for a walk through the park. Scout zeroed in on a small lake where a woman was playing with her dogs. Scout started to chase the ball into the lake and would not stop. I had to eventually drag her away and put her on leash.

After, we took Loki around on the track to find Scout. He did great.

Then we took Dino to a park headquarters parking lot to work on tracks. I told Donna about yesterday when I took Dino to Memorial Park and laid three tracks with right hand turns. He did the first leg fine, got a bit loose on the turns and then lost the second leg on all three tracks. I started to move the kibble closer, but he still looked like he wasn't tracking, but trying to find the kibble.

So today, I showed her a similar track from what I did with Dino yesterday with a right hand turn, and the track was very sloppy. So we tried some other tracks.

1. First leg 1 1/2 steps apart. 1/2 step apart on left turn and 1 1/2 apart on second leg. Single pieces of kibble. Strong on both legs.

2. First leg 1 1/2 steps apart, 1/2 steps apart on right turn and 1 1/2 steps apart on second leg. Donna laid track with small piles. Strong on both legs.

3. First leg 1 1/2 steps apart, 1/2 steps on left turn and 1 1/2 steps apart on second leg. Small piles of kibble. Very strong on both legs. Left some kibble and let him go back and do small track again to pick up extras.

Let leash loose so it is not tight while he is pulling.

For next track continue with small piles. On first track, see how he does. On second track compare to first. Which ever was worse, then do again with either left or right turn over same track. Continue with small piles and 1 1/2 steps and 1/2 steps on corners.
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