UK Sniffer Dogs was created with pet dog owners in mind, making it fun and rewarding putting your dog's natural scent abilities to work; helping to create a calm and focused dog with a great balance of mental and physical exercise. At K9 Klass Dog Training, we run Bronze level tracking workshops and trials
Tracking is the ability detect , recognise and follow a specific scent of ground disturbance. Our dogs are born with this skill and would use it for survival before being domesticated. Humans have harnessed this for years; by applying dog behaviour to the dog's ability to track, we now use tracking dogs for lots of different operational purposes including:
- Police for criminals and evidence
- Military for opposition and threats
- Locating poachers
- Finding Animals
When tracking a human, the dogs are taught to follow track scent, which is the disturbance in the ground left by the humans feet (footprints). Tracking dogs are taught to keep their nose down and follow the whole track, not just to get to the end, but to also indicate on any evidence (articles) dropped by the criminal, and find which route they took.
Our in person classes are restarting in April 2021 and will be limited to 5 dogs per class with 1 handler per dog. Classes will be held outdoors. 121s are now available in person outdoors, as well as online via Zoom
Suitable for dogs of any age, breed and activity level, our bronze level workshops will introduce you to the world of scent work and tracking using fun and easy to follow techniques, providing a great source of mental exercise for your dog. Our bronze tracking workshops are split into two parts - series 1 and series 2, and are held at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth.
Series 1 works on article interest (indication), track laying, line handling and track running.
Series 2 works on adding track direction changes, building specific indications and delves deeper into how environmental conditions affect scent and how to read your dog when tracking.
Each workshop is 4 hours in length and includes rest breaks. Dogs will need to be comfortable being left in your vehicle when not being worked. Vehicles will be permitted to park within the grounds where we will be working and so will be in view at all times.
Each series includes an accompanying student workbook and certificate of attendance. Series 1 also includes a free clicker, which we will be using to mark indications when running tracks.
Dogs need to wear a harness for the workshops, as we will be working on long line leads. You will need to bring 2 x red Kongs, plenty of treats and a long line lead to the workshops.