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NEXT SCHEDULE OF DETECTION CLASSES TO BE SPRING 2020.
This will be a 4 hour introduction to the sport of tracking/trailing. This is NOT 'footstep' tracking, but rather Trailing. Class size limited to 6 dogs. Nov 2, 2019 9am-1pm OR Nov 16, 2019 9am-1pm
Next tracking classes to start January & March 2020. Final dates to be announced soon. This is a Basic 8 week course. Tentative time is 0900--1130 am. Location TBD. Class size is limited to 6 dog teams. This course will concentrate on teaching you the foundations of trailing; lead control, reading your dog, some distractions, and ensuring that the dog is working scent specific. Trail distances should only be from 150 yards up to a quarter mile. It's not about the distance, as it is more about reading your dog, and the dog working through distractions, and surface changes. Obedience is NOT required to start a tracking dog.
Next detection course will begin Spring 2020, dates to be announced soon. This is a 6 week course with each class to run for approximately 75 minutes. This course is for the novice or hobby handler to gain an introduction to canine scent detection work. The class will start with an introduction to Scent Theory. Your dog will be imprinted on the target odor(s) over 2-3 class meetings. We will work with different areas that are routinely encountered by search dogs; buildings, open areas, vehicles, and luggage/containers.
BUILDING A DOG’S DRIVE
Next class will begin in Spring 2020, with dates to be announced soon. This is a 3 week course, with each class to run approximately 75 minutes.. Working detection requires a certain amount of drive in the dog, to make an effective search dog. Not all dogs have those necessary drives. A dog’s drive is his intensity and motivation to seek out and locate a specific target. The goal of each of these sessions is to work on building the drive of those dogs who have shown that they have the drive, but for some reason, the drive is just stifled. With most dogs, we should be able to build that drive up, to start detection training, in about 3 sessions. .