Finally had a try with my six month old lab yesterday and I am fairly pleased with how he did.
I set the trail by dragging a roe pluck for about 40m and left a skin and head along with a few tasty morsels at the end. Left it for around an hour before returning.
He didn't get the idea right away, but after I had pointed out the trail a couple of times we eventually got there. He did stop a couple of metres short, a bit suspicious of the skin/head (he has been fed on a number of legs and heads in the past) but I coaxed him in with the titbits. He is quiet a quiet reserved sort of pup.
Couple of questions for the experienced trailing guys.
-Should I start the trail with and leave an occasional titbit along the way to encourage him?
- Would you try to get him to rag the skin, before trying another trail, to gee him up a bit.
Sure I'll think of more later but these'll do for now.