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#2972864 - 10/08/12 12:04 PM training a dog to track lost game
randy
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Well it finally happened to me. All the years I have hunted I never lost one till this weekend. So my question is who has trained their dog to track. I have a german shephard who I think is capable of this. When I got home from searching she was smelling around my ankles like I had a T-bone in my socks. I never had any contact with the deer other than walking the same path.
I then put her in the house, then took my arrow and pulled it through the grass from the front yard through the gate into the back yard. I zig zagged a little, for a total of about 40 yards. I then let her out and brought her to where I started. She followed the exact same path that the arrow took. It less than 30 seconds she found the arrow. So I thought this is pretty cool. So I put here back in the house and invited the wife and kinds to witness the neat trick she can do. So I did everything with the arrow, but in the front yard this time. I the let her back outside and brought her where I started the trail. She proceeded to sit down and look at me like I was stupid. So much for showing the fam what an intelligent do we have.
At this point I realized that training will be needed. Obviously she is quite capable of tracking, she just needs a little help. So my question to those that have trained is how do you do it.
Did you buy a book? Pay somebody to do it? Or did it come natural for your dog? Any other tips?
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#2972875 - 10/08/12 12:19 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: randy]
Treestand Troubadour
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thats something im gonna do next dog i get, id also like to know how others have trained theirs, btw i love the signature
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#2973033 - 10/08/12 02:40 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: Treestand Troubadour]
cbcs1987
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Registered: 02/27/08
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Take it to where you shoot the deer. In an ideal situation you can train the dog on a real heavy blood trail so its first attempt isn't difficult. A lot of dogs will naturally pick up on it due to their breed. If they ever find the first deer, they have got it. Thats just my experience with Jack Russell Terriers. Let them get a good taste of some hot blood and they WILL NOT forget. I know people that like to use labs as well. A lot of people laugh and think its stupid....until they call you saying they cant find one.
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#2973034 - 10/08/12 02:41 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: Treestand Troubadour]
RF270
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Registered: 07/09/07
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I have a dog that I got to mainly be a blood tracker & have studied the subject. Below is a link where you can buy a very detailed book on the subject. Here are a few things that I have learned since getting into it. Just about any well behaved dog can be a good tracker, a dog's nose is right up there with a deer. If you are really serious start saving blood from your deer now, so when the season is over and you have more time to train it will be on hand. Really get to know a deer's antomy and what it actually takes to kill it. A lot of the tracks people will want you to help with are non lethal and the deer can't be recovered. Get to know the laws for using a tracking dog and meet your local Wildlife Officer because you will need to notify him everytime you go on a track.

http://www.born-to-track.com/

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#2973044 - 10/08/12 02:47 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: RF270]
BigD_625
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Here's a pic with a number to someone who might know.
http://borntotracknews.blogspot.com/2011/09/blood-tracking-dachshunds-working-hard.html
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#2973138 - 10/08/12 03:59 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: BigD_625]
randy
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I never thought about the blood. I was thinking more of a leg or something. Because blood is not always present, but the overall scent is. Next time I shoot one I will bring her out And give it a try.Thanks for the help also.
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#2973529 - 10/08/12 08:23 PM Re: training a dog to track lost game [Re: randy]
Traditional
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I started mine on pieces of hotdogs mashed into the ground about every 20 yards while giving the "track" command and a good boy when he found the next piece. After that I moved on to deer blood in little plastic baby food containers that I would keep in the freezer and then pull out for tracks. At the end of those tracks he would get a deer tail that I also kept frozen. He's a wirehaired dachshund and is obviously low to the ground so keeping his nose to the ground is not that tough. He took right to it, and now you just drop him by the arrow or first blood and he takes off pulling you through all kinds of nasty stuff.
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