11-15-2017, 08:34 AM
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Hello and congrats on the new addition. I don't have a hound, but I do have an easily distracted sniffer, and still in the I'm not sure I want to listen age.
A dog trainer taught us the three claps and toss a treat, to get our dogs attention. Basically this is how to get a stubborn dog to look up at you. It goes something like this. Clap three times quickly, not loudly or forcefully, you also could use snapping, but clapping is easier on my hands. Then once the dog looks up toss the dog a treat. Tossing is important, don't hand it to them (think like throwing popcorn into a friends mouth, when you were kids). This helps with eye contact and paying attention to the tragectory of the treat. This has really helped our dog pay attention to me when she isn't interested in focusing. You can also train leave it. There are tons of videos on this.
As far as incorporating her sniffer into training. I love putting out plastic cups (small ones about 8 oz) flipped over with a treat under a few of them. I do this in the back yard as a game for our dog. She loves it. She gets and extra treat for ever cup she correctly identifies. Basically she cannot flip over cups without treats in them. Not sure how to incorporate this into your dogs training but its a fun game.
Best of luck and keep us updated!