Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Dino in His Draft Cart in test in Phoenix

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tracking Practice - September 16, 2008

While I was at the Tops Spermarket, I took Scout out to set a track for Dino. I parked athe car behind a Burger King. I walked Scout out the lot, across the street and around some buildings and then back onto the street. I then walked up ont the street and along the sidewalk. I walked down the street to the end of the shopping center. At the end of the shopping center I made a right rurn, back toward the center. Then I made a right back toward the car. I then made a left heading toward the Longs store. . In front of the store I made a right turn and walked in front of several stores, and then I made a right turn back toward the car.

I took Dino out and put on his harness. He was excited and looking arond for something to start searching for. I walked him directly across the street and cut into Scout's trail. I told him "take scent" as I showed him the apper towel with her scent. He pickedj up the trail right away and started to follow it. He went around the building and out onto the street. He crossed the street and went to the sidewalk. Along this sidewalk he seemed to get distracted and wanted to cuut across the bushes. he did this numerous times. I couldn't tell if the was getting bored, which he hadn't done in the past. I couldn't telll if he thought the trail was in that direction. I did the rgular thing, which was to stop hkm and let him figure out that the scent wasn't in that direction. When he went straight again along the trail, I would praise him. But then he would cut into the bushes again.

Later on I thought hat he was loosing interest because there wasn't food. I thought about using a clicker with treats in the future when he gets turns and tough spots. I will try that to help him out.
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