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Schutzhund tracking is a test of the dog's scent detection ability and
the handler's training under a controlled environment. Tracking surfaces vary from dirt tracking to grass or various types of vegetation tracking. The challenge ranges in difficulty depending on the actual terrain, the dog's training and the dog's genetic ability for scent work. Schutzhund Tracking is graded on the dog's ability to indicate the track foot step to foot step leading up to the indication of two or more articles.

During training the dog's drive is controlled by the handler through a low level of obedience. Balanced training methods using a high level of positive reinforcement training is used to help the dog understand what is required by the handler to successfully accomplish the task. Since scent work is complex, We recommend reading Glen R. Johnson's book, Tracking Dog Training and Methods for a greater understanding of how a solid tracking foundation is trained.

If you are new to the sport or you are looking for ways to improve your track training skills, it is advisable to work with another trainer/handler who has exhibited tracking success. We recommend working with a trainer who primarily trains through the use of positive reinforcement.


Tracking Dog Book Description

Johnson presents the basics of tracking work, and leads the reader step-by-step through a planned, easy to follow program, which has resulted in 100% success for his students. This success is now yours, regardless of your breed of dog or your past experience. · NEW Foreword by Don Arner · Training Philosophy and Terminology · Determining Behavioral Characteristics · Tracking Training Essentials · T. D. Training Methods · Classical Problem Solving and More!

About the Author

Glen R. Johnson brought his many years of experience and innovation to write was has become the "bible" of trackers everywhere. His experience ranged from military dog work, to detection of toxic pipeline leaks using dogs.
  1. If the dog is not giving the track his full attention when in training, then I am not providing the necessary motivation to keep him interested in the track. It is my fault
  2. If the dog is not learning the objective I have set for him to learn, I have designed the learning situation incorrectly for him to learn that objective. It is my fault.
  3. If the dog cannot handle an unexpected situation, I have not prepared him for that situation. It is my fault.
To sum it all up in one sentence...If the dog is not performing in the manner I expect him to perform, then I am doing something that has to be wrong.

In scent work, the dog is the one that knows what he is doing and is always right while the handler, unable to determine just what or how he is doing it, can only set up the situation and hope that is will be conducive to the dog's learning if designed and implemented correctly.

By Glen R. Johnson

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