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Scent In A Bottle Tracking
We've tried various forms of tracking training, ranging from some very old school techniques to now only using scent in a bottle tracking (SIAB).
Again I’d never say SIAB tracking is the ‘best’ way or the ‘only’ way, I certainly wouldn’t say that the way I train the dog in SIAB tracking is the ‘only’ or ‘best’ way - however I’ve started using SIAB in the way described below and to me the results are very clear.
Having spoken to various people & read various articles, it is absolutely clear that you cannot simply use tap water. Because of the way tap water is treated for us to drink, it contains certain ions & chemicals which can interfere and distort the human scent in that bottle.
The next part is to create the human scent, & again through researching various articles, having lots of conversations & being on seminars, you have to be very aware of what you are using to create it.
This is where the beauty of talking to people, going on seminars, visiting & watching other trainers comes in.
The Tracking Training
I always used to teach all of our tracking training on grass, however I now start the very first introduction to tracking on hard surfaces. A car park with lines on is brilliant for this, as if it's damp or wet you have the white line to let you know where the track is!
Again some would say not to give the dog a command at the start, like I said, this is just my way - I don't claim it to be the only way to do this.
Initially I restrict the tracks to just little short 1 meter tracks, which have lots of meat on. As the dog progresses, I lengthen the track & space out the meat - . I only ever use the tinniest of pieces of hot dog sausage.