Rudi has asked me to translate his latest email.
It explains why a young scenthound should be trained on healthy deer tracks more than 4 hours old.
He gives as an example a situation where the Rifle it not quite certain if he has hit the deer or not. The tracker follows the deer with the dog on a lead. The dog has been taught to stop and show bits of lung, blood, guts etc on the track (Verweisen, no word in english). As soon as this has been found and it might take a few hundres yards for the first bit to appear, the tracker knows for certain that the deer has been wounded and continues as per normal.
If after a fair distance no trace of anything is found the dog is lifted of the track and both return.
It is therefor important that a young dog is trained on tracks older than 4 hours, ideally Kirchgang tracks, but a scentshoe without any blood will do.
Therefor in his training he starts with unwounded deer or scentshoes without blood and only later adds blood to the training.
An excercise at a later stage would be to lay a scentshoe track without blood for the first few hundred yards and then later add some blood.
Once the dog is more experienced the Hetze(chase) can be introduced. This is a continuation of the training on an unwounded deer where the dogs follows, loudly barking, the live scent of a deer with the aim to stop it so that it can be shot.
Rudi is of the opinion that you should never let a dog loose at night as you cannot judge the state the deer (or for him wildboar) is in so that it could be very dangerous for the dog.
Members of his team use the Garmin Astro and give positive reports.
He is looking forward to questions.