I am getting on well training my pup and have started her on waidwerk in the absence of real blood. This works well ( so far). She has followed the trails I have left for her, although relatively short (up to 50 metres), perfectly. They have not been observed by her as I setthe trail and I have even left the last one for 20 mins before taking her to the start point.
Although it is early doors I am curious what people place at the end of a trail in the absence of a deer carcass or part of, do you:
1. Use a treat, acting as a reward or will this lead the dog into false lessons/expectations? I am sure when I put her near a carcass she will be super excited, and be reward enough.
2. Use her favourite toy, again rewarding and keeps the dog excited. Also could get her thinking its play time not work time.
3. Just praise her (lots) hoping this will be enough, coupled with her enjoyment from following a trail.
I am keen to avoid training errors producing bad habits, I also dont want her on an easter egg hunt without any eggs at the end, if I do my bit right she will be an absolute cracker.
Thanks in advance for your advice?