This tracking dog DVD was filmed over a 3 year period in Germany & America. It is one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on sport tracking (foot step tracking).
The tracking video has had rave reviews from a number of different dog training magazines, including Front & Finish. The AKC even requested a copy for their Judge's library.
This video uses all motivational methods to teach a dog to track. While we discuss the difference between motivational tracking and forced tracking, we do not teach any force in this video.
The video begins with the theory of track scent. There is a section on how to select tracking fields for training dogs of different skill levels. We show good and bad tracking fields for beginner dogs and the more advanced dogs and explain why it is so important to select the correct training field to teach your dog to track.
There is an excellent section on how to lay a training track for your dog. In the beginning of foot step tracking the handler lays his own tracks. We show the best ways to remember where you laid your track, this is often not as easy as it would seem.
You will learn how to use food in the beginning of training a foot step tracking dog. This is broken down into a step by step program that anyone can follow. We also explain how to wean the tracking dog off of training tracks with food.
To be competitive in tracking, you need to know when the dog is ready for cross winds, tail winds, and cover changes. Understanding wind currents is a must if you are going to develop a nose to the ground step by step tracking dog. We show you how to make wind currents work for you in developing a sound training program.
Handling a tracking dog is an art form. We cover some of the most important points on line handling and voice control. This one section is going to add handler points to your scores in a trail.
If you compete in one of the dog sports (i.e. Schutzhund or AKC tracking) this is the DVD you need to train your dog.
If you own a puppy and want to train it to become a Search and Rescue dog this is the tracking DVD to start with. Your training can begin at 8 weeks of age and never has to quit. I always recommend foot step tracking for the for the first 10 to 12 months before it's switched to tracking through drive.
You can read about "tracking through drive" on my web site. There are several excellent articles listed on my dog training article page.
I have done three training DVDs with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
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