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What is your dog's indicator, and how did you train for it? I'd really like to track with Buster (and maybe even try again with Annie, even though she's old as dirt ), but I had major issues teaching Annie to indicate articles, and don't want to make the same mistakes again. Did you teach articles after your dog was tracking well, or before starting tracking, or in conjuction with beginning tracking?
I trained articles in conjunction with the beginning steps of tracking. Kane was doing puppy boxes outside. And I introduced articles inside, completely away from the track. I'd put them down and tell Kane to "platz" (down) on them and treat treat treat. Lather, rinse, repeat. We've always had a down as our indicator. It was a good while before I even put the articles on the actual track. First, at the end. Then started introducing more.
I initially learned object id the same way (or similarly, at least) to Mommy2Kane, because we both learned Schutzhund style tracking. Oscar and I are taking a nosework class next week and it's with entirely different methods, so I'm curious to see how it goes! I'll let you know!
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