Training the Proximity Alert to Trailing Dogs

One of the most dangerous aspects of handling trailing dogs in a manhunt, be it an escaped felon or a lost person, is running up on that person and landing in his lap. The handler is at an extreme disadvantage, as his focus is on watching and handling the dog, potentially putting himself and his […]


When training or working your dog in tracking or trailing, many handler’s will reach a point where they need to keep the dog motivated and excited to hit the trail. Here are a few pointers to keep your dog keen on the trail. 1- Make sure each search has a payoff. Always make sure that […]

How to Use Distractions When Training a Trailing or Tracking Dog

Noise and shapes can spook or attract dogs and need to be considered distractions in their own right. If whatever happens causes a trailing dog to disengage from the scent trail of the subject, it is a distraction. I have often heard handlers tell me that their dog has a certain attraction or fear reaction […]