5 out of 5 stars
I recently ordered and received most of your DVDs on tracking. I was amazed at the wealth of knowledge presented. It was extraordinary to see some of the best dog trainers in the world, handlers and dogs working for perfection. Ed's narration was extremely helpful.
5 out of 5 stars
I believe that his DVD is invaluable for anyone who has to track in the city. Teaching a dog to track under such extreme distractions can be difficult, but the methods used in this DVD help to overcome all that. Also, it teaches the handler that he is not just a post at the end of the line, he is there to assist the dog and a successful track may rely on how well he knows and can read his dog.
Urban & Suburban Tracking DVD
This 2 hour video was also done with the RCMP. In it we train a dog to track in a suburban and urban environment. In Level 1 Tracking (Video 205) we taught the dog to track in the country. The reason all police dogs must first learn to track in the country is because the country is relatively distraction free. We actually teach the dog to track in the country and then use a large part of the Level II & III teaching the dog to deal with the distractions of the city.
In this video the dogs learn to deal with extreme distractions (ie. dogs barking on the other side of a fence, cats in back yards, kids following along). The dog's also learn to deal with much smaller scent pictures, more cross tracks and extreme cover changes.
Most people think that handling a tracking dog simply means holding on to the line and just following the dog. In fact, completing a successful track is the result of 75% proper handling and 25% good dog work.
This tape teaches hard surface road crossings along with extended periods of track loss (where the dog must search and search for a lost track). We teach the handler the true meaning of "reading your dog". Every successful K-9 handler is a master at recognizing negatives and assisting his dog in reacquiring the lost track.
If you are a canine officer in a large city, do not buy this tape thinking you can skip the Level I country training just because you never track outside the city. The country work is critical to the development of a good tracking dog. Dogs must first learn to track the country before they are exposed to distractions of city tracking. If you try and skip country tracking you will fail. Guaranteed.