Wanted to ask those of you who have experience in tracking training.
I have a HWV bitch 2yrs, she is doing well in most thing and I have seen some real progress in her. From being gun nervous to now being steady, whining under the high seat to sitting for 3hrs while deer pass by with out a sound.
I started blood tracking on simple trails with hoof and a few drops of blood every 2m over 40m, 1/2hr old from 5mths of age. All good so far. I lay a trail for her at least once a month if not twice.
I have slowly worked up to 3hr, 200 - 300m trails in all weather with a hoof on a long stick and a few drops of blood every 3- 6m.
The issue is that the last few trails we have done she has real trouble staying on it,she is all over the place. Sometime distracted by other game sent sometime just no clue.
When she goes off the trail I hold the line till she finds the trail and let her continue.
Am I not using enough blood ? (2-5 drops squirted from a bottle every 3-6m)
Do you tell your dog NO when they start pissing about after pheasants when on a train and does that work in the end even if you want to use them on game at other times?
Any help would be appreciated.