tracking anecdote

How tracking is like driving a stick shift

When you begin tracking it is like the first time you drove a car with a standard shift in that you had to think about pushing in the clutch and pressing the gas just enough so the car will move forward smoothly. The reason you didn’t observe what your trainer observed your dog doing is you were thinking about the fundamentals and not the nuances. What if he goes off track; how hard to correct him or is he focused, and how can I help, and what if he isn’t, and if not, how long must I let him search for the track. After you have been at it for a while what to do if, will be automatic and you can then concentrate on reading your dog because in tracking that is the most important facet. Then you and your dog will be as one and you will begin thinking like him instead of trying to make him think like you. That is why tracking can be so rewarding no matter whether you’re successful or not.
Norman Epstein.<