Blood Tracking Dog Training Books
- October 10, 2021
They are able to scent trail deer, even when there is no blood at all to follow.And that is what this book is all about, getting you started on training a dog that can cut your deer tracking time in half and increase your recovery rate by 80 or 90 percent.Basically, training almost any dog to blood trail is simple.Getting your dog fully trained to blood trail takes a lot of time and patience. .
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The book can be purchased on our website ( CLICK HERE ) for $39.95 plus $4.00 for shipment within the United States.Just today we received feedback from Marianne Jacobs who lives in Luxembourg, and has a lot of experience in hunting and blood tracking. .
Simply put, everyone and every animal have a distinct odor which can be identified via smell.When the blood from a wounded animal drips from the skin of that animal, its scent is absorbed within the blood.If trained properly, he will only track the animal whose scent he smells.If you can identify the location where the deer was standing when it was shot, the dog will track that particular animal, even if there is not visible blood.When training a dog, if blood collected from one animal is being sprayed, and a piece of hide from a different animal is being used as the drag, it can and usually does, confuse the dog, making training a monumental task.For example: I trained a dog for a friend to find wounded deer, and the dog worked fantastically.For more information on dog training, visit Training. .
How to Train Your Dog to Track Wounded Deer
The task is simple, you are training your dog to track a wounded deer, presumably one that you failed to kill with the first shot. .
How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer
If you draw a line along the western borders of Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico, you’re looking at the demarcation for legal use of dogs to aid in game recovery efforts.This means that throughout much of the whitetail’s range, if you shank a shot and hit a buck in the guts, you can look up a local tracker to help you out.This, according to Jeremy Moore, a member of United Blood Trackers and an accomplished dog trainer, isn’t as hard as most people think.It wasn’t that long ago when if they got scent of a wounded game animal, it likely would result in a full belly.Eventually, Moore will use a scent he produces through his Dog Bone company to create “trails” with tennis balls that increase the difficulty of the track and offer the reward of a retrieve.While Moore does recommend some of those simple training drills for encouraging nose-work, it’s the on-the-job experience that really helps dogs understand what’s being asked of them.This reinforcement, like the first few times a bird dog sets off in the CRP for roosters or along a big-timber logging road for ruffs, is crucial to making the whole thing click.Just like with upland or waterfowl hunting, early, positive experiences breed success throughout a dog’s entire life.That way, when the inevitable poor shot happens from me or someone in my deer hunting circle, we’ll have a hell of a lot better chance of a grip-and-grin photo at the end of the day. .
Blood Tracking Training
The first time I saw a dog work a blood track was in the fall of 1980 during a muzzle-loading deer hunt in the Sacramento mountains of southeastern New Mexico.Our hunting group included Dave Krukar and his VGP drahthaar Aiko v.d.An hour later, Aiko was started on the track and had an easy time following the muley, locating the deer about a mile from the spot it was hit.During the spring of 1982 I started researching how to teach a dog to follow a blood track.At first, I sought articles, books, or anything else written about teaching a dog to follow a blood track.Make sure to strain and remove any small clots before putting the blood into containers.Some individuals use a laboratory squeeze bottle, almost any container will do but you must be able to control the rate at which the blood drops.The sponge (when attached to the stick) is soaked in blood and then placed on the ground every 2, 3, or 4 paces.Stakes or wire flags – The blood track will be aged before the dog works it.I put small wire flags in the ground, but you can also use colored surveyor’s tape tied to branches of a tree.– The dog should be trained to follow a blood track in all types of conditions, i.e. darkness, snow, rain, etc.I recommend starting in a low cut, open field and advancing to forest tracks later.Mark the start of the track with a heavy concentration of blood to simulate the wounding shot.Once the dog shows some concentration of working the track, you can increase the distance between the food drops.When the dog is proficient at following the straight line track, introduce 90 degree turns.About ten steps before the fence or wall make a 90 degree turn to the left or right and continue the laying the track for another 30 yards.By pulling on the lead from under the dog’s neck will keep the head down and in contact with the track.Conversely, if you pulled on the collar on top of the neck the dog’s head will have a tendency to come up and lose contact with the ground and track.I use a “belly band” around the dog’s abdomen to keep the tracking lead up and off the ground.The belly band is simply a piece of rope that is loosely tied around the dog’s abdomen.When he/she finds the hide, immediately praise the dog and reward it with its favorite food.Table 1 is a six week program designed to achieve a VGP quality blood dog (more later on training the handler).But, note that all tracks are short and will be very simple for the dog since they are worked immediately after being laid.The purpose of the first week is to teach the dog the tracking command and to implant in his head that there is a reward for finding the hide (food).The handler must learn to maneuver around obstacles such as dead falls, trees, bushes, etc.This information will help a person become a more efficient trainer and allow you to build solid tracking skills in the dog.This method is how I trained my first drahthaar Blucher vom Dunnhof and he turned out to be an excellent blood tracking dog.I encourage anyone who has an interest in game preservation to put in the effort to train your dog to follow a blood track.Some people claim that blood tracking can only be taught to young dogs, this is nonsense.There are numerous very good articles regarding tracking and scent work on his web site.
High Caliber Blood Tracking
After all the hours of practice, all the days in the stand, all the years of commitment to making myself the best hunter that I could be, I had still on rare occasion found myself at the end of a trail with no more blood and no game.I had also heard of other hunters who had dabbled with the use of one local hound or another to aid in the recovery of deer that they had struggled to find on their own.I began researching everything that was available at the time, even using online translators to read articles from European countries where blood tracking had been widely used for centuries.Caliber is a wachtelhund, a German versatile spaniel typically used for a variety of tasks including hunting upland birds, waterfowl, wild boar, and you guessed it...scent tracking.Since that first season, Caliber has recovered numerous deer for hunters in Missouri, and more recently Kansas.Both dogs have their own strengths and weakness, but both are capable and dependable trackers, having collectively recovered many deer for hunters.Boone received his UBT 2 certification in the Spring of 2018 under some of the most adverse tracking conditions imaginable.Extremely hot, dry conditions compounded with sustained winds of around 30 mph made for one of the most difficult tracking tests that one could imagine.We currently provide tracking services for hunters in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Arkansas.We hope that you never require our services, but should your shot go awry or your track get tough, we would be honored to give you the best chance at recovering your game.I prefer working younger dogs and puppies, as that is the best time to instill good tracking behavior. .