Walkerdirt wrote:As far as the pup goes itâ€™s just good to hear him trailing and running to the race at 8 months. But I could see how the cold nosed dog cold be teaching him bad habits by going over the same track over and over.
Yes. You are right. This is something to be very concerned about for your pup. It is very young. I didnâ€™t realize it was this young. There are potential problems with starting it on difficult races so young. But even if it was older, this problem you mentioned is real.
I have taught dogs like your cold tracker that they are not allowed to re-work a track. It takes some work, and you have to get in there with it. But your dog shows some intelligence so probably could learn if you are willing to put in the work and teach him a sound or command that means move on out of here and donâ€™t come back.
Once he knows the rules, you can keep him moving with a tone. That dog sounds like death to a cat show unless you get him out of that.
The ideal most serious cat hunters hope for is a dog that never barks on a track that has already been covered. And I would take it a step further to say they do not linger or return to a track that has been covered except to refresh the direction out of there, and they stay quiet until they get to Un-touched track. This is the ideal. It is rarely 100% realized.
But it sounds like you have a real problem if you want to catch a lot of cats. I donâ€™t want to sound mean, and you can have a ton of fun with him just learning about bobcats. But if you want to get serious about catching them, you will need to break him of that, or pull him out of there before you put the pup in. He canâ€™t be allowed to rework a track. And you need to get his understanding of that built up and when he fully understands, tone him and shock him for it if he does it. And if you donâ€™t keep that pup separate from him, you may end up having to break two dogs of this. (Although I feel it is largely genetic, and hopefully the pup does not have the genetics for this.) This is advanced training. Most people would not do it. But I know how it is when you already have so much invested in him. He can help you, but...
Either that or switch him over to being a coon and bear dog and leave him home when you go cat hunting.
I know that sounds harsh. And you donâ€™t have to get so serious about it. Just have fun with him. But if you want to actually catch Bobcats it is one of the most difficult sports there is in many ways. Especially if you are doing this without a mentor. My hat is off to you.