Phase 8 Two Weeks to Operational Tracking- Building the Tactical Team Around the Tracking K9
Online Class - Phase VIII: Building the Tactical Team Around the Tracking Dog
Once the tracking K9 is proficient at its job and the handler understands the subtle nuances of the proximity alert, it is time to teach the dog to tolerate other human team member activity on or about the track as the dog is working. This is far easier said than done as most dogs do not take the distraction in stride. Most dogs take it as competition due to "Pack Dog Syndrome" Jeff will discuss in detail during this course. If you have issues with your tracking dog shutting down or being overstimulated by team members on the track, this is defiantly a class for you. Jeff's methods are tried and true and can effectively create a K9 who ignores all team movement while tracking even when team members clear areas in front of the tracking dog.
Participants who cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances may take a future course at no additional charge. All Tracking courses are for any potential tracking K9. This includes apprehension and non- apprehension.
The purpose of this class is to work the dog into changes of environments and surfaces using our proven method of training. Learn how human scent pictures work on various surfaces and how to allow your dog to work them in a natural way.
Jeff's system is a natural training method using the dogs innate skills at tracking scent. Skills that are hardwired into the dog at birth and not something that can be replicated by humans. Jeff's philosophy is that we cannot train a dog to track as it already has this capability as soon as it crawling shortly after birth. If anything, human interpretation of this ability is often skewed and many training styles are often contradictory to Canid tracking instinct. Our job as handlers is to harness this natural ability and teach the dog to trail/ track in a variety of environments and to stay focused on one target at a time; scent discrimination.
Each class is approximately 2-2.5 hours long based on Q&A time after the powerpoint. The PowerPoint includes videos and diagrams of actual training exercises for each phase. Post presentation, Jeff will be available for up to 2 individual Q&A emails per phase and per student. Jeff's book is recommended reading prior to the class but not mandatory. You may obtain a copy directly from our store here or a kindle version on Amazon.
There are multiple training dates for each phase offered. Should a trainee not be able to complete a course due to unforeseen circumstances, make-up dates are offered at not additional charge. Recoding of classes is not allowed. All material is copyright protected.
Per Phase cost is $200. You can get the entire course and receive a 25% discount on each phase.
*Phase VIII: Building a tactical team around the tracking dog
*Phase IX: Counter-evasion, counter- ambush, counter- IED's while tracking
*Phase X: Scent evidence and crime scene processing for the tracking dog
** Current Military or police ID is required to attend phases 8-10. Certain SAR team members may be allowed to attend this course with a letter from their departmental head.
A final graduation certificate will be provided to each student.
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