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K9 Tracking – Decreasing Odor in Concentration Tracks

As our working dogs gain understanding as to what we want from them, we increase the difficulty in the track. Adding turns and decreasing odor are just a few of the ways to make our concentration tracks more difficult. In this session, the dog has...

K9 Tracking – Increasing Difficulty in Concentration Tracks

In tracking or scent work, we expect the dog to rely on their nose and not their vision. In some cases, we have to teach the dog to actively sniff and not just drive forward. As we progress with concentration tracks we will increase the difficulty by adding turns and decreasing the scent. This will […]

K9 Tracking – Teaching the Scent Picture with Concentration Tracks

There are several steps in teaching a working dog to track. In previous videos we introduced a dog to tracking with puppy tracks. The next step is to move the dog to concentration tracks. Concentration tracks are tracks with a lot of odor that will teach the dog their scent picture. In this phase it […]

The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 2

To be the best k9 team that we can be, we have to continuously train and this means assessing our weaknesses so that we can work through them. It is important to work with your dog, but also test the functionality of both you and your dog working together as a team. We set up […]

The Importance of Testing the Functionality of K9 Teams – Part 1

As a k9 team, we are only as good as the amount of work that we put in. For this reason, no matter if you are a newer team or seasoned veterans it is important to never stop training. To continuously progress in our training, we test the functionality of our teams working together through […]

Working Dog Tracking Basics – Controlling your Dog’s Drive

In the beginning of training a dog to track we start with a lot of stimulation. As the dog learns what we are wanting them to do or for higher drive dogs, this stimulation may become too much. As trainers or handlers we have to know when the dog needs the stimulation to put them […]

Working Dog Tracking Basics – How to Introduce Your Dog to Tracking

In training a dog to track, we start with puppy tracks or fundamental tracks. These are short, easy tracks with a lot of odor and stimulation to make the dog want to find their reward at the end of the track. For these tracks, start by enticing the dog with the toy they will be […]

Working Dog Trainer & Handler Presence – How Your Dog Responds Starts with You

Whether it’s during training or in the real world how a working dog reacts to you starts with your presence. If you have a calm, confident presence the dog is more likely to respond in the way that you want. As trainers or handlers there are many aspects of our presence that we have to […]

K9 Detection Training – How Your Line Work Sets Your Dog Up For Success

In K9 detection or nose work training, the goal for the handler or trainer is to have as minimal influence on the dog as possible. We want the dogs to be confident and independent so that they do not need us at all to locate the odor and source. To reach this level of independence […]

K9 Detection Training – Imprinting a Green Dog

When training a dog for any kind of detection or nose work it is important to make sure the dog understands how to work the odor. We want the dog to hunt and rely on their nose or olfactory system, not eyesight alone. In this stage of the imprinting process we have already started to […]

Working Dog Obedience – How to Extend Your Dog’s Recall

Can you recall your dog in an instant if you needed to? Recall is so important not only for working dogs but for any dog. It is important for your dog’s safety and the safety of others. We start recall by having the handler bring the dog out to a decoy in the distance. We […]

K9 Bite Work Basics – Transitioning from a Puppy Sleeve to a Jacket

In training a dog for bite work there are different phases of training that we move through to build the dog’s bite, drive and intensity. In the session we are transitioning a six month old puppy from a puppy sleeve to a bite suit jacket. We are looking for the dog to continuously stay engaged […]

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K9 Tracking – Decreasing Odor in Concentration Tracks

K9 Tracking – Decreasing Odor in Concentration Tracks

As our working dogs gain understanding as to what we want from them, we increase the difficulty in the track. Adding turns and decreasing odor are just a few of the ways to make our concentration tracks more difficult. In this session, the dog has...

read more
K9 Detection Training – Imprinting a Green Dog

K9 Detection Training – Imprinting a Green Dog

When training a dog for any kind of detection or nose work it is important to make sure the dog understands how to work the odor. We want the dog to hunt and rely on their nose or olfactory system, not eyesight alone. In this stage of the imprinting...

read more

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