Una has had a proper working dog weekend! Yesterday, she had her first field tracking exercise (see my earlier post). Today, she had a track prepared especially for her, in the woods. My father prepared it: walked with very short steps and put one of Una’s dry food kibble in each track. The track was about 10-15 meters long.
We went for a walk with Una and Naava and run the track when we came back to our cars. So, Una’s track was maybe 1 hour old at that point. Una was a bit puzzled when I pointed the track for her, and she needed to step away from the path, on the moss-covered ground, with terrible sticks and shrubs sticking up from it… She needed to gather her courage for a while, but decided to risk the treacherous surface when she caught the scent of the first kibble.
This time, the tracking did not go ahead as effortlessly as her first exercise yesterday. If Una passed one kibble without eating it, she tried to turn back to find it. I gently pointed the track to her at this point, and urged her to continue following the track.
It was nice to see that Una corrected her course right away if she started to sniff the ground a bit off the track, and corrected her course to the right direction 🙂
The track ended in a small pile of cheese cubes. Una, of course, did not know that the special treat marked the end of the track, but tried to continue 🙂 I then gently led her away, giving her treats from my pocket.
On the video we caught the most difficult obstacle on the track. There was a small fallen tree on the ground, only 2-3 cm in diameter. But it had remnants of tiny branches, sticking up. I had to encourage Una several times before she decided to step over it and continue tracking…