My Labrador bitch is 21 months old. She is steady at heel and will stalk with me for hours. She has started to indicate deer ahead, sits and stays, is steady to shot (sometimes several) and will watch un-shot deer run past at close quarters without moving. She will sit under a high seat and watch deer approach without moving other than to indicate the deer and look up at me.
Recall and stopping on the whistle is very good and I am very pleased with the control and steadiness achieved to date.
Much of my stalking is in areas with significant public access, so any follow ups are time constrained. This means that the track is usually fresh.
Ruby has always been trained to track on the long lead and has never been allowed to run free. She has never been allowed to run in, nor to find an easy carcass as I have been advised against such things.
So where is the problem...? When she knows that the situation is for real, I take her to the shot site and put her collar and long lead on. At this she goes up several gears and gets excited. I let her find the strike signs, upon which she casts around until she picks up the line.
Upon picking up the line she tries to take off at speed. Her nose is on the ground but she is pulling like hell and there would be no way that I could keep up with her. I think she would go so fast that she would lose the track ?
I am keen not to dent her enthusiasm for her tracking but need to slow her down and avoid a coronary (mine not hers).
I would appreciate informed thoughts on this situation and any remedy.