I recently purchased an 8 week old basset hound. I'd like to train him to blood trail and was curious as to how some of you that have done it got your dogs to blood trail. I was told to start out with short distances and rewards when he got to the finish line. How far should I start out initially? Also is blood blood? Can I just use the blood from a raw piece of steak and expect him to still track deer smelling the same scent?
Make sure you train it to stay on a single deer's scent. After he has learned to follow a basic trail, lay down a secondary trail with a different deer's hide/hoof crossing the trail you want him to stay on, give the dog direction when it gets to the new scent if it needs.
I only used the dogs once or twice for friends but they got it done every time. I always kept them leashed.
Once you find a deer for someone you are expected to jump every time someone makes a bad hit....kind of sucks actually.
I never needed my dogs to find my own deer so I stopped taking them big game hunting with me, just left them home with the woman.
A woman can spoil a dog in a matter of hours.......turn a good dog into an idiot.....
I AM NOT A RACIST