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Tracking Diagonally Over Ridges

Tracking Diagonally Over Ridges

Many dogs have trouble tracking over ridges in the dirt. Ridges can be left by agricultural equipment and resemble lines of dirt raised on both sides. Interestingly, many dogs have even more trouble tracking diagonally over the ridges. For some reason, when dogs come to a ridge, they start thinking it is a corner.

The dog in the video is not new to tracking. He is well acquainted with corners and can track up to 400 paces without food. He is new to tracking diagonally over ridges.

First 10 to 15 meters, the track is across ridges. Then there is a 45° turn, and the dog tracks diagonally. To make it easier for the dog, food is placed in every 3 to 5 steps during that section.

At the end of the first diagonal section, there will be a jackpot to reinforce the dog. After that, there is going to be another corner and continuation of the diagonal tracking. After that, the dog will track along the ridges to relax a little bit.

When the dog is struggling, it is essential not to push into him, trying to help him find the correct direction. Wait patiently until the dog finds it.

01:10 sec – Basco struggles to track diagonally. Tobias shortens the leash to help him.

It is very important to stay calm and encourage the dog softly when he is on the correct track.

This is a new experience for the dog, and we cannot judge him by his inability due to inexperience.