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    Anyone taught their dog to track humans, animals, finding items? I'd like to do an article on beginning tracking. I know here was a thread on finding sheds too but can't find it. Seems it would be something any dog could do. One of my dogs found the other after it had chased a rabbit 1/2 a mile away but she had no formal training, it was just willed out of panic when Lucy took off. How did you start? Tell me about your dog, age, motivations and how often you track with your dog.

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    I don't know anything about teaching a dog to track things, but I've seen some dogs pick it up pretty well on their own. I hunted with a friend in Tennessee who used a Jack Russell to help him follow blood trails when we bow hunted for deer. After taking a shot, we'd go back to the truck and get the dog and turn him loose at the spot where the deer was shot. I watched the dog track at least three or four deer that way. My Jack Russell doesn't get many opportunities to track big game, but he is excellent at sniffing out white ptarmigans in the snow. My labrador seems to only hunt by sight and she loses the birds once they fall in the snow, but the terrier hunts with his nose and he always finds the birds. I just have to get to the bird quickly or he will eat it on the spot.
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    Thanks but anyone know traditional AKC TD Tracking training.

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    Linda,

    I know just the person for you to talk with. Call Cathy Harms at ADF&G in Fairbanks. She and I worked together for many years when I called upon her and the PAWS group here in the interior. Their dogs found lots of stuff for me, stuff like lost people, dead people, drowned people, even graves of murder victims.

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    Talk to the guys (Kent and Cody Bull I would recoment specifically) and gals at Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association www.msgda.org they do regular hunt tests that require tracking of dead and injured birds and can help you. Bud
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    I would think most bird hunters teach their dogs to track wounded birds (both upland and waterfowl) the various gun dog clubs could show you how they do it. Some folks teach their dogs to track hares and rabbits, specialists would include a few beagle threads on this site. Not so much in Alaska, but most breeds of hounds are working dogs and track for a living.

    Also, it is legal to track wounded big game animals with a dog on a lead in Alaska. The dog I am working with now does good on artificial blood tracks but hasn't tracked an actual wounded animal yet. Birds and hares she seems to track down whenever I am aware of their existence and occasionally when I am not. We train or hunt 1-2 days a week on average. Here are two websites on the bloodtracking part, the first one has an interesting book that addresses many tracking topics.

    http://www.born-to-track.com/
    http://leerburg.com/bloodtracking.htm

    Also, I met a couple of people with the AKC that teach tracking of humans here in Fairbanks.

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    Linda,

    Valley Canine Camp and Training does a nose work class which is a great start when it comes to teaching you how to train the dog in scent recognition. It does prepare you for the TD, TDX, VST etc.....If you need the information I'd be glad to send it to you. We have one of the bullies in her class now. She has another beginning class coming up on the 12th or the 19th.....
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    I've been hunting and working with coonhounds most of my life. I've found that the good dogs really don't require much training they just need the opportunity to showcase their natural abilities. I generally spend more time with basic obedience than training them to hunt. Few things are more frustrating than freecasting a hound and then not being able to call them back. Currently I have 2 blueticks (5,1 1/2). The five year old was started on coon an the 1 1/2 has never been hunted. This spring I intend to start them on black bear so I will see what challenges I run into switching a dog over to a different type of game.

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