Due to their sensational ability to smell and their passion for following trails, tracking training is an ingenious form of activity for every dog.
A track simulates how dogs work on the hunt – the dog should help the hunter to find game that has been shot as quickly as possible. In our training, the blood trail that a dog is supposed to follow is replaced by a liver sausage-water mixture, which in my experience is best and easiest for this purpose.
This training will teach your dog to use its nose in a controlled manner and to follow the track ‘cleanly’. Influencing factors such as ground conditions, weather/wind, other trails and time components can either make training more difficult or easier.
In any case, such a ‘natural’ form of nose work, for which many dog breeds were even explicitly bred (e.g. ‘Bloodhounds’), is a fascinating experience – especially for humans who, with their relatively poor sense of smell, often cannot understand how dogs can solve these tasks with just their noses. This form of nose work is of course also an olfactory highlight of dogs and, on top of that, a great activity for them that is above all mentally demanding.
Try it out and gradually increase the difficulty by reducing the ‘feed’, increasing the length, wait times, angles, etc.
Have fun! Yours, Conny
Conny Sporrer certified DOGS-Trainer
Dog trainer Conny Sporrer supports DOG'S LOVE with her broad experience and vast dog knwoledge. After completing her education at Martin Rütter DOGS, she opened her own dog school in Vienna. Apart from that she is a successful book author, podcaster and founder of her own online dog school hundetraining.me