Working with detecting dogs involves open field searches where air scenting is preferable over tracking. Tracks with smart targets involve double and triple backs, tree climbing, spots where people stop and take a break, leaving sweaty decoy clothing, etc. Without any training, I had my fiancÚ lay a fairly short track on short grass with multiple and varying distance breaks over hard surfaces. She was successful at that so I let her wander with my fiancÚ while I laid a track with 90 degree turns, sit downs next to and scent rubbing on trees to simulate tree climbing, and double backs between parked cars on asphalt. She stayed firmly on the trail until she was downwind and able to follow my scentcone to me. Several times she left the scentcone and stopped her forward motion and started sweeping side to side until reacquiring the cone. It was a good first session. She's not toy motivated, only praise and food motivated, so to start I'll lay short, hot trails weaving between old chicken nuggets or some other crap food, correcting her off of the distractions. Level one stuff, keep her focused on the job. She's already motivated to track so I don't need to add external motivations but she gets distracted by other smells quite a bit. Each dog is different, so yea, my first goal is to work on her distraction level.
I've not trained in schutzhund before so I couldn't tell you about bitework or anything else they do. I've only worked with narcotics and people detection. I do know enough about dogs to know by and large the type of bitework training I've seen from bandogs, presas, and other "protection dogs" is bullcrap and anyone can get damn near any dog to perform that type of play under pressure with enough time and effort. It sure looks good to people on YouTube, though. Not saying they couldn't damn good dogs, just that the videos they show don't really show anything.
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