Please note: This article is recommended to Police and Working K-9s, not Schutzhund or Search and Rescue
TRACKING: EFFECTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING, AND MISTAKES TO AVOID
- Effective Problem Solving
- Medical Impediments
- There are many medical conditions that can affect a dog’s willingness to work, including parasites, panosteitis, viral infections, toothaches, ear infections, and many others. Take into consideration any condition that could make the dog sore or lame, and particularly ones affecting the head. When a dog has his/her nose to the ground, blood will rush to the head, making the effects of any toothache or ear infection much more painful.
- Also, be aware of conditions that will affect the dog’s ability to properly use its nose. If the dog is looking for the track, but can’t seem to find it, consider the possibility of a sinus infection, earache, toothache, or even an inhaled grass seed or other small debris.
- Lack of Focus
- Oftentimes, a dog that is typically a focused and methodical tracker will begin to rush through the track, without focusing, just to get to the end. This is often the result of the handler over-emotionalizing the dog, thinking that the more excited the dog is, the harder it will work. This approach only exacerbates the problem. The proper method for overcoming this problem is developing an enthusiastic, yet calm starting ritual, and ending with less confrontation.
- If a dog is focusing well during training, but has poor work ethic in ‘real’ applications, the problem often lays with the fact that while the dog is almost 100% successful in training situations, the success rate is real-life situations is drastically lower. Overcome this obstacle by eliminating as many differences as possible between training and real applications. However, because it might not be possible to eliminate all cues to the dog that the situation is not a training scenario, respectfully decline low-probability applications, whenever possible.
- Medical Impediments
- Mistakes to Avoid
- Searching too quickly.
- Disregarding trees. When a suspect is being searched for by a K-9, their first thought is usually to climb a tree to avoid a bite. However, the thought to search a tree often slips the handlers mind. Always allow the dog to sniff the trunks of the trees, watching for cues that they have found a scent, as well as checking the trees visibly.
- Missing the cues, and recalling the dog off of the scent. If you allow your dog to search off-lead, be certain that you are aware of the body language that your dog shows when on a track, and avoid recalling the dog in that situation. If you allow your dog to leave your sight, the dog must have a strong bark and hold, to avoid calling the dog off of the suspect.
- Working the wrong dog for the situation. Bloodhounds and other single-purpose scent dogs should not be used to track an armed suspect, unless accompanied by a patrol dogs. Bloodhounds will not apprehend a suspect, and will not protect their handler if necessary.
- Working two dogs together without the proper training. Unless two dogs have been trained together, they will only work as a distraction to each other.
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