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Tracking Dog Training for Police and Search & Rescue

Length: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes, 11 Seconds • Released 01-01-2008

Rating: 4/5 Stars

There are 2 types of tracking, "foot step tracking" and "tracking thru drive." Foot step tracking is taught with food and a ball. It is designed for sport dogs. Tracking thru drive is designed for service dogs. Here the dog is taught to follow the track at a dead run and there is always a man at the end of every track. Tracking thru drive is the only way to train a police service dog.

If you are a K-9 officer who trains his service dog with food & a ball you already know that you only catch 3% or 4% of the people you track. The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) catch 45% to 50% of all the people they track (this includes suburban and urban tracking). If a suspect runs in the country, they catch 95% of them.

This 2 hour video was filmed in Alberta, Canada at the police dog training center for the RCMP. The RCMP instructors are the best tracking dog instructors in the world. They have been training police tracking dogs since 1935. I filmed three videos with them. This is the first video. This video will show how the RCMP can train a dog (in 60 training tracks) to follow a 1 hour old, 5 KM unknown track that contains back tracks, road crossings, fence crossings and articles.

The RCMP has 3 Levels of tracking. This video covers Level One or tracking in a rural environment. Level two and three (Video 208) deals with suburban and urban tracking.

I have had literally hundreds of K-9 officers call or write and say, "This is the only way to train a police dog to track." They wish they had seen this video when starting to train their dogs. Many officers have said, "This training method put the fire back into my police dog. Now he enjoys tracking and we are catching people that used to get away."


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Tracking Dog Training for Police and Search & Rescue

Posted: 01-01-2008 • Length: 2 Hours, 5 Minutes, 11 Seconds
Categories: Ed Frawley, Police and Military K9, Working/Sport Dog Training
There are 2 types of tracking, "foot step tracking" and "tracking thru drive." Foot step tracking is taught with food and a ball. It is designed for sport dogs. Tracking thru drive is designed for service dogs. Here the dog is taught to follow the track at a dead run and there is always a man at the end of every track. Tracking thru drive is the only way to train a police service dog.

If you are a K-9 officer who trains his service dog with food & a ball you already know that you only catch 3% or 4% of the people you track. The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) catch 45% to 50% of all the people they track (this includes suburban and urban tracking). If a suspect runs in the country, they catch 95% of them.

This 2 hour video was filmed in Alberta, Canada at the police dog training center for the RCMP. The RCMP instructors are the best tracking dog instructors in the world. They have been training police tracking dogs since 1935. I filmed three videos with them. This is the first video. This video will show how the RCMP can train a dog (in 60 training tracks) to follow a 1 hour old, 5 KM unknown track that contains back tracks, road crossings, fence crossings and articles.

The RCMP has 3 Levels of tracking. This video covers Level One or tracking in a rural environment. Level two and three (Video 208) deals with suburban and urban tracking.

I have had literally hundreds of K-9 officers call or write and say, "This is the only way to train a police dog to track." They wish they had seen this video when starting to train their dogs. Many officers have said, "This training method put the fire back into my police dog. Now he enjoys tracking and we are catching people that used to get away."

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cdfbt
5/5 stars

Good video. Lots of information!


Sullytoo2002
5/5 stars

Very good information and examples. Gives details of how to lay a track (and age of track), how to start your dog on the track and what type of terrain for the experience level of the dog along with problems and problem solving. Covers line handling and directing the dog, along with examples of good handling and mistakes in handling. There is so much more covered in this...wind direction, touches on how to pick a dog, when to correct a dog or when you should never correct a dog, articles found on the trail, when and how to train corners, dos and don'ts of helper hiding spots, ways to keep your dog amped to track, distractions, cross tracks, backtracks, knowing and reading your dogs body language, solutions for keeping your dogs nose down and much more. This is a GOOD INVESTMENT.


joeylowe
5/5 stars

Ok Ed, I simply cannot believe that no one has commented on this video yet! I've watched it 4x already and every time I watch it, I learn something new. If anyone has any interest at all in man tracking with a dog, don't hesitate to buy this video. There is a ton of information in the 2 hours provided and I promise you that you won't learn it all in 2 hours. But you will learn enough to know what you didn't know and more importantly, you will know what to do next. Ed, still waiting on the book and additional videos. Thank you for being such a dependable learning resource!... Joey Lowe retired LEO but active Man Tracker.