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Training Tracking Dogs for Police S&R
Based on 7 reviews

Training Tracking Dogs for Police S&R

Based on 7 reviews
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  • 2 hours, 5 minutes long
  • Released 2003
  • Instructor: Ed Frawley
  • Filmed with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Immediate streaming access when purchased with Leerburg account
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There are two 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 K9 officer who trains his service dog with food and 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 two 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 K9 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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Got this video well over a year ago, was the best source I had. I live in Saskatchewan which has very few dog clubs and no one that I am aware of that does much for tracking/trailing other than PSDs (a few doing schutzhund is about it). When I got this video I had my Rottweiler puppy doing basic beginner tracks (400 yards with a few corners and articles, basically a CKC TD equivalent, learnt off youtube how to do it as I hadn't done k9 tracking before). After purchasing this video, in the following 6-8 months, me and my dog were completing our first RCMP level 1 equivalent tracks. We weren't perfect by any means, but with some help from our local RCMP k9 handler pver another 5 months we got our act polished up a bit and proofed a little better. On to Search and Rescue training (air scent disciplines, bark alerts etc). My point is, with just this video alone, even with no experience, but a will to try and a half decent dog, one can train to a basic RCMP level 1 tracking level (way beyond CKC or Schutzhund in my humble uneducated opinion). You wont be great at it without some help or previous experience, but you can do it. My suggestion for leerburg would be to do a booklet with the info, or better yet, do a new video with better graphics. If I was to criticize anything, I would say 'don't expect the video quality to be very good' - but info is the key here, so I still give a good 5 out of 5 stars.

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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.

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I have to say Thank You and brag a little at the same time. My 18 month old Border Collie, Mi, just completed his 24th track. Nearly 2 miles long, only aged 40 min this time but a very difficult track. Mi is the second dog I’ve worked for SAR and I am absolutely amazed with him. Originally my husband got Mi, as a pup, for a SAR dog but only worked with him for 4 or 5 months than had to quit. Making a long story short a few weeks ago I decided Mi was too good to pass up as a trailing dog and I purchased both the Tracking Through Drive DVDs. The first video got me started but I am very glad I bought both at the same time due to what I learned in the second and could apply to Mi’s level of training now. Both Mi and I are better because of what we’ve learned from the Tracking Through Drive videos. Now how about something on human remains detection?

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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. The cues on subtle dog movements and head turning nose to the ground indications to find the lost tracks were very informative. Getting the high drive and maintaining it with positive reinforcements makes a huge difference with the dogs. I spent days at seminars with top guys and never received any teaching with this level of expertise. Thank you so much! I honestly feel like I was handed a gift. The wealth of true knowledge, freeing the dog up to think on his own paws and work it out! These methods really get the job done effectively!

I have attended classes, seminars, purchased training books to the tune of $10,000 and to think of all the frustration for my canines, they have to think people are nuts. I acquired more at hand training skills watching your DVDs than any class or training I have taken. In fact, I wish I would have seen this information first in training my dogs. The progression process and training methods are tremendous for picking, making and sustaining a rock solid high drive dog for finding anyone.

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Hi my name’s Dean and I am a Police Dog Handler with the Cambridge shire constabulary dog section England. I have a 6.5 year old GSD and a 2 yr old yellow lab drugs search dog. I have had a lot of success with my GSD over the years with tracking, approximately 18-25 successful tracks with bodies on the end. He is to date the most successful dog we, have although we have dogs that have been working for 4 years with no success whatsoever. This is seen as the norm within the dept, which is total bullshit, as we both know! I purchased your RCMP tracking tapes a couple of years ago and myself and 2 other like-minded officers took it upon us to adopt the methods used. Boy did we come in for some criticism. So much so, that we were told on our appraisals that we were disruptive, despite younger in service handlers being interested in what we were doing. Of course the instructors totally poo-pooed the tapes and the claims, but the truth was they were not happy that some handlers had found new methods off there own backs and that they were not fit enough to adopt this style of tracking!

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You win, I have realized that you really know what you're talking about. I just received my tapes on TTD. They are absolutely too most basic and common since approach to tracking. Why other people use other methods I just don't know. I found out that our club believes in trailing and not FST. I tried one track with my dog today and was absolutely amazed at how she lost the track and then circled and pick it back up. You have a lot of good ideas in it. Keep up the good work of producing quality videos and don't change the way you narrate them, keep being yourself. I can't stand videos where they are "professionally prepared but they are afraid to make a stance and stand up for it. After eleven years as a paid firefighter/paramedic I clearly see when someone is just bullshitting or really know what they are doing.

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This is Mike W of the Gaffney Police Dept. in SC. Several weeks ago, I ordered the Tracking videos from you, and I'm pleased to say that the videos were all that I expected (and then some...) and I've applied the principles in the video to the weekly maintenance training of my police dog, Kantor, and the results have been astounding, to say the least. Medium to long distance tracks aren't a problem for him, except that he chooses to stop every fifty yards or so to mark his territory. I figure as long as he leads me the right way (most of our training tracks have been unknown tracks...) and finds the guy at the end, he can mark his territory wherever he wants.

The ultimate test came a couple of weeks ago. There was a little bit of snow and ice on the ground, and there was a moderate breeze (15 m.p.h. according to the NWS). To make a long story short, we had a felony assault call, with the suspect fleeing the scene right as units arrived. The responding units called for us to track the suspect. Regardless of the cold wind, after our pre track ritual (where the dog marks his territory and craps) we began the unknown track in the direction of the suspect. I was unsure about the direction the dog was leading me until we got to a construction site where I found fresh tracks. The dog continued to pull harder and harder until approx. 200 yards later, when the suspect came out of some woods with his hands in the air, begging me to not let the dog go. I just wanted to let you know that the tapes that you produced have been a huge help to me and my partner, and I would recommend these tapes to any police dog handler whose partner is having trouble with unknown tracks (or as I call them, real-life tracks) when your K-9 tracks perfectly in training, but not-so-good when the real call comes in.

Thanks a million...

In any case, thanks for the videos and the help...

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