Motivating your Bloodhound to follow a scent trail is rarely a problem, as these dogs love to follow scent trails and use their nose. The problem is getting your Bloodhound to focus on the required scent trail, and not be distracted by competing scents. To accomplish this, a dog may need to have some maturity and training to focus on the required scent. Never use punishment to train a Bloodhound to follow a scent trail. Bloodhounds, although they have a reputation for being stubborn, are remarkably sensitive, and punishment can easily put them off their game, resulting in a dog that is confused, anxious and reluctant to work. If your Bloodhound makes a mistake in training, following the wrong scent trail or going off the directed trail, ignoring them is the most effective correction, while rewarding and reinforcing correct attempts.
For search and rescue work, you will want to be able to provide your Bloodhound with a sample scent and direct him to pick up that scent trail and follow it while not becoming distracted by competing scents. Bloodhounds used for search and rescue will need to be in good physical shape and familiar with distracting environments, wilderness terrain, and the noise and various people associated with a search and rescue operation.