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In every puppy, the instincts of play, struggle, prey, and also the instinct of scent are born from birth. But these qualities require compulsory development. It is much easier to develop them in a puppy than in an adult dog.
To achieve success in the follow-up work, the puppy should begin to “put on the trail” from 3-4 months, using the instinct of scent, food and stalking. First, the track will consist of 15-25 steps, each of which contains a piece of your favorite treat. Your puppy will very soon like to find a gourmet with the help of a scent. He will learn to associate the smell of a person’s footprint with the smell of goodies. Gradually, introducing complications: increasing the length of the track, turns, endurance, you will teach a young dog to solve the most complex and intricate maze of the track. You will feel unprecedented joy when your dog unravels the most difficult track without losing, despite various hindrances, he discovers and proudly identifies the object he has found.
For spectacular obedience work, the development of the game instinct is important. With great pleasure, puppies “hunt”, grab, carry various objects in their mouths. A ball on a rope is a great toy. Continue reading