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First off try not to get frustrated.. That is what I am working on in training with mine. It goes down the end of the leash and it ruins the run. for both dog and handler.

Iris is my lolly gagger and my ADHD kid. I use the "leave it" command when i feel she is is just farting around smelling everything. I use the "go find" command also to let them know it is no time for petty sniffing.

I have a special harness when working my dogs. When i pull the special harness out..they know it is time to work! The harness is exclusively used for training only. As soon as the work is done. I latch the leash onto the flat collar. I never leave the harness on them either..I take it completely off when finished between runs. They learn quickly that the special harness is the best thing since peanut butter.

Another thing is to trust your dog completely since this is kinda new to him again..You both are learning from each other... Sometimes the wind can confuse the dog and it takes a bit of sniffing to get back on track. They work by ground and air scent they just have to find which on leads to the other.

I find using more people than just the handler to play this game works. If you can get someone else to hide the article it just expands the efficency so much bette

Good luck and cant wait to hear more..
 

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I am still learning the ropes myself..I am part of a Search and Rescue team since last October. So I am open for clues myself. I know Keechak has been doing some tracking with her dogs and I am anticipating her to chime in here.

We use human "victims" and leather gloves and cadaver scent packs so far during training. We are also going to be learning different things in the future after the wilderness training such as drugs, arson and different SAR scenario training. But one thing at a time, I am really new. But when we do a mock scenario search, The commander uses leather gloves for article placement which is one of the many items..He leaves a trail of sorts to where he is hiding..

I was told that any harness will work, Your backpack is a wonderful item to use for tracking. But i was told not to allow my dogs to wear their "working harness" other than to work and exclusively for work. I have to say..we use the same harnesses for walking but different color (lupine), and notice they have a different work ethic.
 
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