I know that most folks who run in NAHRA train for following a scent trail. How many of you train for it?
In NAHRA, (if a live bird is used), the bird cannot be altered. NO wingclip, NO wingstrip, NO shackles, NO wing tape..................Just a bird.bigjimthunder said:You wanna see an excited dog? cut loose a wingstripped duck into thick cover. that's entertainment!
Ha ha, Miriam...I think you were referring to MY post!! Several people at a NAHRA test had told me that trailing shouldn't be a problem...just a dog putting its nose to the ground...yada, yada, yada.Miriam Wade said:Oh crap! I just saw the posts re: dogs needing help w/ the trail & I don't mean to sound cavalier. I just do think it should be a "basic instinct" type test. It's "all about the dog". The handler just sets 'em on the feather pile & hangs on for the ride!
the hardest thing I had to overcome was the mistake of actually hunting the dog and teaching her to stay in gun range. Then asking her to follow her nose out of gun range at a test. She would pop and look at me as if to say" I smell it over here what are you waiting for". Now I could handle her out farther but you cannot handle on the trail. So I had to do some un-training and used a command change like I said from telling her to get the duck to asking her where the duck was. It is a totally natural instinct that is set up often in an unnatural way for the purpose of testing twenty dogs. I had to set up simple short trails to about gun range distance and then slowly lengthen and add turns. That said, in actual hunting situations this has made her even more enthusiastic about sniffing things out.Miriam Wade said:Oh crap! I just saw the posts re: dogs needing help w/ the trail & I don't mean to sound cavalier. I just do think it should be a "basic instinct" type test. It's "all about the dog". The handler just sets 'em on the feather pile & hangs on for the ride!
I remember when you put the trail out for Bailey when Fred was here. As we were shooting the breeze, there goes Sara on the trail but there was no duck at the end.Shayne Mehringer said:I trained for it very little... just enough to get the commands down so the dog knew he was on a trail. It's counter productive to most other training we do and most dogs do it naturally, a little practice is all they need.