Kristen Cabe said:While at club training last week, it was mentioned that now we could probably start Jak on tracking and get more hot and heavy with his obedience as well. A few of the people there said they don't like to teach tracking with food, because it's hard to wean the dog off of tracking for food. I've never taught a dog to track, but thought I'd ask if anyone else on here teaches tracking without using food. How do you do it?
Several ways to do this depending on the pup's ability but the most common would be the "handler Lost". You will be doing mantracking directly using manscent, the way it should be. The pup will be so used to human scent and will be attracted to it till it matures. You have to be with a helper known to the pup, and make sure you have a good working relationship with your pup, meaning he wants to be with you and follows you wherever you go. Have your helper restrain your pup while you walk away facing the wind. Call your pup's name as you go as if teasing him to follow. Try a distance of about 10 meters at first, then "hide" in a nearby tree or whatever. Then have the helper command your pup crisp and clear the search command. It's your option to instruct your helper to unleash the pup or have it track with a lead.
If the pup finds you, praise him well, then do it again this time a little harder starting on that place where he found you. The 3rd time should be back to easy.
Allow the pup to be himself, using and developing what nature has equipped him with. He is at his best left unaltered. Tracking is where the dog reigns supreme. Learn from him.
Hope it helps and best regards...