My sister’s schnauzer Naava had shown good tracking-dog potential in schauzers’ working dog camp a few weeks ago. Encouraged by this, she has practiced Naava in her skill. Today, she prepared a tracking exercise when we were on a walk in the woods with our dogs.
The track run along a bank of a small ditch in a field, in short grass. She took very short steps, and placed treats very frequently on the track. We waited out of sight with Naava and Una. Naava did not like this one bit, but kept barking (a very piercing kind of barking, I might add…) until my sister came back.
The track was maybe 15 minutes old when Naava started tracking. She worked VERY well, going slowly and kept her nose close to the ground. There were a few episodes of irritating insect attacks (ants, probably), that distracted Naava for a few seconds. But I definitely agree, Naava seems to have real talent for it!
When Naava was tracking, I decided to see if I could find a treat on the track, close to the start, and see what Una would do if I pointed that to her. Una has had a few very basic tracking exercises before, and I thought she might get the idea. And she certainly did! After eating the treat, she kept her nose to the ground and started tracking, to find the next treat. And my little city girl showed a very convincing working dog performance: tracked the entire distance without a pause, and stayed on the track! I was soooo proud, and kept smiling at the sight: Naava and my sister went ahead of us, tracking very intensely, and we were following in exactly the same manner! Well done, doggies!
I’m glad I remembered to take out my cell phone, and recorded evidence of the double tracking!