Today was VERY FUN!! Kai did 3 beautiful tracks of 20/40/80 paces/yards. I have video of two of them here. Thank you Sue for laying the tracks and then videoing and offering expert advice ~ like when Kai wanted to go see the cardboard box on the side of his track.
Today I went from the 6' leash to my 50' line and that made all the difference in the world with letting my little guy go out and do his job. He was really VERY excited to get tracking!
It started to pour when I got up at 4:50 am and continued to rain hard til I got to the field to lay Thrill's track, then things stopped, but I am still dressed like the Michelin Man. Ugg. It's incredibly attractive, but I know you aren't looking at me but my very talented & pretty puppy!!!
On both these tracks, it takes some time for Kai to get going, as there are food drops that are closer and then the "jackpots" of food at 20/40/80 paces, so after we get about 1/2 way he really starts to track steadily without looking for food. Sue suggested we didn't need to add more, as he's very motivated. I have been showing him videos of Thrill's baby tracking every day. I think it's helping.
Waiting for Sue to come back. It was a very long wait......
I think this is the second track. The first one Sue just watched to see how he was doing.
On this second video (3rd track) it looks like I won't let him go down the track, but he was about 6' off of it, so I kept pressure until he got back on. It's deceiving from the camera angle.
After the last track Kai wanted to run down to the creek.
He is nuts about water, playing in it, & the sound of it.
We have another training day this week of tracks twice as long as these and then next week Sue thinks we can start on turns. Kai is really more focused then Sage was when we started tracking. I remember she used to get so distracted by sounds, other people, other dogs, anything. Kai is definitely more easy going while still having a lot of ambition to get down the track. It's just too much fun and that's all I can say.
Thrill & Sage both had TDX tracks. Sue is working on Thrill thru what she calls the "gravel pit" and it's very difficult. Kinda like going across a gravel road, with a turn in it. Anyway, I can see we have a lot of work ahead of us before ever entering a TDX test. Sage had a hard track today also, aged 2 1/2 hours. She had obstacles, stalky bushes, different ground cover, a road, going around bushes. Her little brain was hurting so there were several places I had to help her. She was so glad to get to the end! Next couple of tracks will be easy for her.