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Categories: Police or S&R Tracking

Q. How should I begin learning about tracking? What type of dog is most suited for search and rescue?
Ed,

I have recently become interested in tracking dogs. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING. How should I begin? What type of dog is most suited for search and rescue? I am to old for police tracking and most important to uneducated in this field. Please let me know when you have time.

Thanks.

Your friends in China,
Jay

A. For tracking, I’d recommend Competition tracking.

This is the foundation of ALL tracking training.

The dog best suited for this are usually sporting, working or herding dogs with strong food and play drive. You will want a dog that has a strong desire to play tug, as that is typically the reward that will be used in training.

The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog

You can also search our website for more info on tracking, the search function is located in the upper left corner of every page of the website.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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