Do not be put off by sweat it is certainly not so that the forest is full of puddles of sweat, it’s more likely that you, certainly in the beginning, do not see a drop of sweat. When explaining an exercise track, only a few drops of sweat are placed around every couple of meters. Generally, only 250 ml of sweat is used on a track of 500 meter (maximum). Depending on the degree of difficulty, traces of varying lengths and miscellaneous time period are walked. The length of the sweat track can range from 500 meters to a few kilometers. As for the time period of the tracks, you can think of a range of between a few hours and 40 hours old, although a 40-hour track is reserved for the highly experienced sweat dogs and hunters. Older traces have lost a large part of the odor and in addition, it is likely that there has been a lot of wildlife in the meantime, resulting in a lot of temptation for the dog.
You always catch a track to be traced at a so-called “shot place”. This is where the game is shot and where the track starts. The shot spot tells you a lot about the place on the body where the animal was hit and about the direction in which the animal fled. For example, you can find some stomach content, lung sweat or bone fragments. Also here you do not have to be afraid there are no kilos of tissue, scraps is a better example. From the shot place you have to put the dog to work after which you track down together the wounded (coarse) game.
During working out of the sweat track, the dog is pre hunts on a sweat line. A sweat line consists of a very wide necklace with swivel and a flexible leather line of about 10 meters length. The belt should be leather, leather never stays stuck on, for example, blackberries or other present vegetation. The necklace is globally 3x as wide as a normal necklace. The collar is so wide to spare the airways, it goes without saying that the dog must be able to use the airways optimally to make the most of his natural ability to smell. The swivel at the collar should be able to rotate 360 degrees, to ensure that the line does not “loop” and obstructs. If you want to try the Sweat work, it’s wise to first borrow a good line, a good line can be quite pricey (around 100 € for a quality line).