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Need advice on training tracking dogs
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Ben Baucum    Posted 01-19-2004 at 21:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have a basset hound and from what i've read their noses are second only to bloodhounds. my cousin has a 1/2 bloodhound 1/2 basset female that i'm going to breed him with sometime this year, and i'll keep my pick of the litter.
i would like to see if i can train to man track
but would also like to rabbit hunt with them also.
can this be done or is it better to keep them on one kind of track..

freddie ingram    Posted 02-18-2005 at 16:43:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i work with the prison system and train man tracking dogs. i would suggest not to dual train for man and rabbits, they will trash on a rabbit while tracking the man. i train both man rabbit and deer tracking dogs, and it's best to keep them seperate. hope this helps.

Willy-N    Posted 01-19-2004 at 22:07:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got a Tracking Title with one of our Newfs Rosie. It was a lot of fun to do. We trained them for search and rescue use. With Rosie it was easy I just needed to learn how to read the dog. So realy it is you that needs to learn how to read your dog not teach it to track so to speak. It has been a while but a corse was layed out in a feild ahead of time and marked on a map. It had like 5 turns and was farily long. A glove is droped at the end that was held by the person laying the track by walking it. The dog had a leach that was about 20 ft long hooked to it. I knew where the track started but nothing else. I would take the dog to that point and point down at the ground in a sweeping motion to get the dog to smell the ground and say "Rosie Track" at the same time relesing the dog and pointing out to the feild. Rosie took off with me annd the judge following at a run and she would turn at the corners and I followed. When she got to the end she would stop, mark or point to the glove and I would grab the glove lift it in the air and proceed to give the dog praise! Now saying this you start out in a feild on straite short runs with a glove at the end on a fresh feild no one has been on in a long time and have someone lay a track and mark it with a flag so you can find it. Take your dog to it and use the comand Track pointing the nose at the beging. Your dog will smell the scent. Let the dog follow it. Reward the dog when they find the glove at the end. After a while they will get the idea what yopu want from them. We could follow people for miles in the woods with our dogs and have found a lost man befor. They would buiry people in the snow and we could send them out saying Track or Find and the would "Air Scent" and run to the area and dig in the snow to find them. Our Newfs never miss a thing with there nose but you have to learn what they are smelling and read there expressions. Look up "Dog Tracking" on a Google Search and a bunch of information should come up. It is fun to do and may save a life some day with your dog. I can find any of our family with our dogs easy. A person type dog is easy to find people with. Mark H.

deadcarp    Posted 01-20-2004 at 06:08:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
good way to say it willy - my buddy (dog mike) sez he doesn't train dogs, he trains owners. the rest is finding activities and venues you both enjoy. mike insists the most important command is "stay" - that's the only way to keep him from bounding back across the street to you when a car's coming. :)

Willy-N Here    Posted 01-19-2004 at 22:34:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is a link to a site. Mark H.

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