There have been countless guests and topics covered in episodes throughout the years that are truly invaluable and worth revisiting. Going through some of the back catalog and re-listening to some of the older episodes, I was honestly surprised at some of the information and details I have forgotten myself over the years. I wanted to try and highlight some of these guests and topics so I am going through and scrubbing some of the episodes and "remastering" them. Im cutting out any of the fluff such as the intros or outros so you hear just the meat and potatoes of these conversations. This should allow you to revisit these older episodes without having to sit through anything that happens to no longer be timely or applicable to the topic.

I'm revisiting Ep. 101 Tracking Principles which was originally released on 7/12/21. Jay Crafter of Invictus K9 and Grayson Guyer of Lost Highway Kennels joined me after a tracking clinic they put on to discuss the principles and foundations of a quality tracking dog. It goes beyond just tracking blood! This subject also transcends just training a tracking dog as theres a ton of information in this one in regards to building drive and desire in any type of dog! This is 100% applicable to our bird dogs!

Foundations of tracking

Selecting your new tracking dog

The lowest value reinforcer for the greatest change of behavior

Figuring out your dog's drive!

Restraint to create value in the reward by manipulating back pressure

Tracking vs air scenting

How to release the dog for a confident start

Changes of behavior (COB) and rewarding the momentum

Training in low odor makes tracking blood easy!

Making the track harder with age and accessory odors

Tracking is tracking regardless of surfaces

Running parallel rather than right on top

Actually setup for distractions!

Versatility is always a sacrifice

Principles, routines, and trusting the dog!


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