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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:27 pm 
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Not sure how to proceed...

Today we got our first snow that is here to stay.
I put down a 50 yard blood trail after we got 3 inches of snow. Within a half hour it snowed another 3 inches. We had a 17 mph wind with a 6 degree wind chill.

I put Sadie on the track she stayed on the down wind side and only put her nose down a couple of times. She didn't put her nose in the snow only skimmed the top a few times.
She found the liver chunk it was frozen solid.

I know air scenting is necessary sometimes but I prefer that she keeps her nose down.

Is this normal when lacy track in the snow?

I don't want to reenforce bad habits.


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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:12 pm 
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Ha! I sure dont know!! :)) :)) :))

Hopefully someone else will!! My dogs only get to play in the snow once a year or so!

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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:44 pm 
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SNOW??!?!? Thats that white stuff right? ;)

I do not know many lacys that track in the snow, but I will tell you that lacys will wind. Sometimes its a help, sometimes its a pain in the rear!

I would try to keep her on track as much as possible and not let her cheat, especially if you are tracking on lead.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:51 am 
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When we train or track at night I keep her on lead.

I will put down a blood trail on days that aren't as windy. Hopefully that will help keep her nose down or on the blood trail.

Thanks for the input.


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:24 am 
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I would not care where her nose was at as long as she finds the deer. :D :-BD

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:53 am 
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My Bella will wind most of the time she will only put her nose down when she has too.

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NE track -sounds like she may have scented your scent putting down the mock trail. With that much snow on top of the track the dog is going to take the easiest route to the prize. I agree with Jim B - as long as they find the game who cares where they put their nose .... I have tracked a lot of deer in the snow; 3" in one hr should not be a problem for a good tracking dog. I actually think a small amount of fresh snow holds the blood and concentrates the scent on the track. Living in Upper state you are truly in snow country so I am sure 3 -6 inches in an hour is very common for your tracks glad to see you are mocking real life tracks.

When Blue tracks he usually keeps his nose the distance it takes for him to smell and stay on track, I believe a dog can differentiate the deer he is tracking (or human) from other animals and they are not just tracking blood. There are a lot of other (none ground scents) that we do not see but the dog is smelling and there are numerous smells in the air, brush, grasses, tree branches, etc... Blue always sticks his head up and try's to wind. So my opinion is let her go the blood is not all they are tracking and the scent in the air are sometimes all that may be available to keep them on track.....


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:35 pm 
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Thanks, that's good information.

I also believe the dogs can differentiate the deer they are tracking.

On that note, I may be a little bit over the top. It doesn't take much effort so I don't mind.
I separate all hooves, hide, blood and liver and number them. That way I know what parts belong to what deer. I only use 1 deer and parts per track.

I'm working with my dog on picking out the scent we want. Where in the beginning phases now.


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