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The gait is a trot, long and brisk. Brief periods of galloping are tolerated when re-crossing previously covered ground, at the beginning of the hunt or in cases where the dog encounters a new situation. Above all, the rule when working scent is the trot, this is a lively movement that covers the ground well.
The dog during the hunt should quarter at distances of 100 meters or more from the handler and the spacing of its cast should reflect the terrain, wind and scenting conditions. These actions confirm that the dog is hunting correctly.
It is evident that in the Bracco Italiano (as with the other trotters) the pre-occupation with the scent is of prime importance. Unlike the lightening reaction of the great gallopers the Bracco Italiano treats the process as a complex mental feat, this is easily read in his expression which is one of thought. The hunt is extremely diligent and enjoyed by the dog with its tail carried horizontally or slightly higher, constantly moving rhythmically from side to side as the dog moves (not rapidly as with the spaniel). The neck should be a little extended in order to hold the head high with the nose angled acutely from the horizontal. Upon detecting scent the dog gradually slows and returns extremely prudently towards its presumed origin, head held high as described above, its ears cocked and tail motionless and slightly lowered. If the dog realizes that it is on residual (old) scent then he should resume the hunt as before.The comportment of the dog during the hunt is noble, majestic, watchful but calm. The body is powerful and slightly forward leaning, the neck is raised carrying the head erect. The muzzle always facing downwards, at an angle of about 30 degrees below the horizontal.
will stop immediately. He will stay, more often than not upright or with the limbs a little flexed and with the head turned down towards the game. Exceptionally the dog may halt in a contorted or twisted pose. If the game attempts to escape along the ground while being hunted, the dog should guide it to the wind by its own physical movement, exercising caution not to disturb where possible dry branches or noisy leaves while maintaining contact with it. While the game is moving the dog should track it without slowing or stopping unnecessarily, demonstrating that all its described characteristics do not prevent it from being a tenacious tracker. Whilst tracking a dog may come to an abrupt halt should it suddenly encounter game which has, in an attempt to escape, turned back after encountering an obstacle. A characteristic of the Bracco (and the other continentals) is that it should have complete contact with its handler, which the dog should always maintain. The dog’s calm and reflective nature is ideal to train for work in all conditions whether in open country or more dense areas where a tighter working pattern is desirable.
If while hunting he encounters scent which indicates that game is very close he will immediately slow and take up a posture similar to when standing still, only with his neckline a little more pronounced and the tail a little lower. He will then gradually take up the behaviour described in the previous paragraphs following the scent which brings him into contact with the game. Sometimes this movement is preceded by an undesireable stop. A dog that senses he
is suddenly upon game (and only in this case)