Training Dogs to Follow the Tracking Command
Tracking is an important skill for any dog to have, and it can be taught relatively easily with the right approach. This activity provides a great outlet for your pup, and can be a great source of exercise and mental stimulation. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Long leash
- Tracking harness or collar
- Dog treats or toys
- Start by taking your pup on a walk and let them become familiar with their surroundings. Give them plenty of time to sniff and explore.
- Pick a straight and even path that is free of any distractions. The path should be about 20 feet long with your pup either at the beginning or end of it.
- Once your pup is in position, offer them a treat at the end of the path. Then, tell your pup the tracking command (“track” or “follow”) and point in the direction you want them to go. If they don’t move, give them a gentle tug on the leash and encourage them to go.
- When your pup reaches the treat, praise them for a job well done. Repeat this process numerous times, gradually increasing the length of the path. You can also add in turns and curves, as well as different scent trails for your pup to follow.
- Be patient and consistent with your pup. This helps to establish a strong bond between the two of you and helps them to understand what you’re asking of them.
Tracking can be a fun and rewarding activity to do with your pup. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to having a well-trained tracking pup in no time.