Apart from the obvious answer: Buy a specialist dog and start training again! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on this little problem.
I have two spaniels, great working dogs and have used them for rough shooting, beating and picking up for two seasons now. I am interested in training one as a deer tracking dog as I realise the necessity for having a good deer dog for possible follow up. I took one of them (the best one!) to a BDS dogs for deer day and she performed very well but was reluctant to hunt on a lead and harness and would only do her usual quartering. This was fine on the day but I feel I would lose her in thick cover if she was hot on sent.
After some work with her I have decided to keep her as my rough shooting dog, and work with the other spaniel. She has a better nose and is more out-going, but I have the same problem, put a lead on her and she just wants to walk to heal and will not go out.
Do you have any other suggestions apart from a lead and harness that will keep me in contact with the dog through thick cover, i.e. conifer woodland?