When the strike dogs began barking at a trace of bear scent, Scott turned loose four-year-old Jasper to see if the track was hot. Jasper responded as if it was, and all of the hounds were freed. Some of the young dogs weren't ready to go, so it was back in the boxes for them. Hopefully, they'd be more eager next time. Meanwhile, nine hounds headed for the canyon bottom. Jasper, Squirt, Halley and Scott's five-month-old, Johnny, had a bear treed in 20 minutes. The other five dogs trailed across the canyon floor and up the other side just a mile and a half from Fish Creek Campgrounds, where they topped out and went over a ridge. They, too, could be heard barking treed. Training doesn't get any better than this.