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Ruby finds Heather during our August workshop.
What is mantrailing?
Mantrailing is an exciting new sport that teaches dogs to find hidden people by following a scent trail. Mantrailing is for you if you like to:
Spend time with your dog outdoors
Work with your dog and learn new skills
Exercise your dog's body and mind
Watch your dog grow in confidence
Tap into your dog's natural instincts and abilities
Have fun with your dog
The canine nose is an extraordinary organ that can do extraordinary things! A dog’s nose is estimated to be between 100,000 and 100,000,000 times more sensitive than a human’s. To put this into perspective, in relation to sight, if we could see a sign from down the street a dog could comfortably see the same sign on the moon.
In mantrailing, your dog will learn to follow a scent trail to find a person who has run off and hidden. We start with shorter, easier trails as you and your dog learn how to trail. As you gain skills, you move to progressively harder challenges.
Mantrailing is for all dogs, no matter their breed, size, age, temperament, or level of physical fitness. It is low impact on the joints, and high impact on the brain! Dogs who are worried about other dogs can participate because the dogs work singly and wait their turn in the car. Dogs who are shy with people will also benefit from this wonderful sport.
When mantrailing a dog follows the scent of a human. About 40 – 50,000 scent particles continuously fall off us per minute. These particles are influenced by weather conditions such as wind, rain and air temperature. Depending on these conditions, scent trails are then swept away and stick to buildings, objects and vegetation in the environment. We give the dog a scent article, an item contaminated with the scent of the person for the dog to sniff. The dog then follows the trail of scent to locate the person.
We cannot see the scent trail. Even if we know the route taken by the person who has hidden, we don’t actually know where the trail has fallen. This is where trust in our dogs comes into play. We need to be confident that the dog understands their job and knows how to process the scent. This trust is built on a strong foundation of training and practice.
Introduction to Mantrailing Workshop!
In this three hour workshop you will learn:
The theory of mantrailing
How to use a long line (30 foot gripper long lines will be available for your use or you can use your own line)
How to engage your dog in the starting ritual
How to trail your dog
Each dog and handler will work three trails during the workshop. When you are not trailing your own dog, you will take turns hiding for other dog-handler teams. Everyone will also take turns watching over the dogs in the vehicles so you can rest assured your dog is safe.
Dogs must be comfortable waiting in the car between turns.
Dogs must wear a non-restrictive harness while trailing for safety reasons. Upon registration, we will provide more information about the kinds of harnesses suitable for mantrailing. We have a small selection of harnesses available that you are welcome to use if one of our harnesses fits your dog.