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Old 06-14-2012, 04:26 PM
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SAR bloodhound

I just thought i'd share some videos of my puppy working Sorry about the camera shaking so bad in both, i'm not good at holding it still....

Here's a video from when he was about 5 or 6 months old:

and from just a few weeks ago (about 9 months old):

And it's hard to tell how cute he is from the videos, so here he is!
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Hey nice tracking. I am involved in sar as well. I have a trailing dog, and cadaver dogs. Also have one in training for live find disaster (though I can't post videos )
Sar is so much fun. Which organization are you working towards certifying through?
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people will never truly understand the joy of tracking hounds until they experience a run. Nice videos, are you registering him with the local authorities or is it for his enjoyment like I do with my hounds? Do you guys do any work with air scenting or is it all ground work?
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I'm raising and helping train him, but won't actually be working with him He's going to be placed with a police department (hopefully in NY not too far from me so i can visit )

But i'm enjoying it so much i plan on seeing if my mutt wants to learn to track, as well as see how my sister's Akita does with some basic tracking work... And I can't wait until my next one to raise. I've also been considering fostering for a rescue again (maybe bassetts? or beagles?) and teaching them to track just for fun and exercise.

i think i'm hooked on tracking now....sooooo much fun!
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Even if yours aren't interested in tracking, they would probably do air.scent which is fun as well! Most any dog loves to work.
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i know they can do that...every squirrel or chipmunk or cat in the area is easily located by their noses!!

I may even try seeing how my yorkie/maltese mix does i'm really that obsessed with it now...
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You should run behind a couple of coonhounds at least once in your life. It is a blast to run full speed through the woods keeping up with a pair of redbones, or Blueticks that have better agility abilities then most pro athletes. I use to hunt with hounds and run them loose years ago. My Beagle was always the calm and precise tracker, but coonhounds are the rockstars of the tracking world. Imagine Axel rose as a tracking hound, lol.

I do both air and ground work. My dogs will air scent to a location and then pick up on the ground work from there.
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Lol, I tried a walker coonhound once. She tracked EVERYTHING! (Except people) . Deer, coons, rabbits, lizards, skunks, any living animal. She now happily resides as a hunting partner of a 14 year old country boy, who shares her desire to hunt everything
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Coonhounds can be trained to track people, but the standard SAR proceedure doesn't work. They are hard wired to hunt so you have to train them as if they were hunting humans, not finding them. Sounds morbid, but a coonhound can be just as efficient as a bloodhound in most cases. My Brother does SAR in the rocky mountains and he still doesn't understand my methods, but my hounds can run his ragged. I love running coonhound because they are high strung like me, and hard headed on tracking. Missy, my mix, locks so heavily on a scent that she will actually ignore the treats I give her. I have had to pick her up and carry her away from an area to get her intensity of the track to release. I train scent tabs so whatever I stick under her nose she will track up. I do need to get her out in the woods again, it has been months since I took any of them on a run and they do get rusty.

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An update on Fred:

He's been relaxing for the past week after surgery so we haven't been working lately. But we have done 3 or 4 in town tracks (usually do open field/woods areas) and he found his target every time, no major problems.
And, the most amazing, he did his first 24 hour old trail!!!! Before this his oldest was only 2 hours. We were going to do that again, but got busy after the trail was laid so we decided to try it the next day. He had one problem, got off the trail and picked up a new one, but we turned him back and he finished with no more problems. This was after a pretty hard rain during the night too.
I'm really proud of my baby, he's going to be awesome

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I'll try to get some more videos of him working once he's recovered and ready to go again...well, once I say he's ready, he already thinks he is
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