The Problem with Mantrailing is…

The problem with Mantrailing is its addictive…The problem with Mantrailing is its dog led…The problem with Mantrailing is its adaptive… Well there isn’t really a problem, but there is many things about it which create problems for us. Us as handlers mainly, it’s no problem for the dogs to follow their nose. Mantrailing for funContinue reading “The Problem with Mantrailing is…”

What is a Scent Article?

It is usually an old holey worn pair of socks in bag, that is placed in a plastic bag, thrown on the ground and slobbered on by the dog doing the trail. But a scent article is more than just an old pair of socks, it is the whole trail really. You’ll often hear theContinue reading “What is a Scent Article?”

Choosing Long Lines for Mantrailing

Now you have a harness on your dog, it’s time to look at the long line. (Check out my previous blog on harness choice HERE) Many newbie mantrailers will select any old long line, and it can cause tangles, rope burn and potentially snap. Choosing the correct long line can make a huge difference toContinue reading “Choosing Long Lines for Mantrailing”

Mantrailing Reactive Dogs

Owning a reactive dog can be tough, and finding a constructive outlet that doesn’t increase their arousal levels can be hard. Often dog sports build up frustration and increase the likelihood of the dog having an outburst which can include barking, lunging, mouthing, spinning or even biting through sheer frustration. Reactive behaviour is usually fuelledContinue reading “Mantrailing Reactive Dogs”

Harnessing the Hounds – Which Harness is the best for your mantrailing hound?

When it comes to mantrailing using the Kocher Method, as used by Mantrailing UK Instructors, the harness is not just a cue to start getting ready to trail. It is also an important part of communication with your dog, and how they can work a trail effectively. Obviously harnesses need to fit correctly, making sureContinue reading “Harnessing the Hounds – Which Harness is the best for your mantrailing hound?”

How to Get Started with Mantrailing

So you’re wanting to do something fun with your dog. Start with something that tires them out, and uses their natural ability. Something that is enjoyable for any dog… We’ll you better start mantrailing, but how? I hear you cry! This is how! Joining in with a Mantrailing UK Instructor is as easy as firstContinue reading “How to Get Started with Mantrailing”

Bond Building and Dog Training

Often with dog training we get frustrated, and upset when the dog doesn’t get the idea. We can get hooked on our issues about wanting to be the best or have this ideal dog instead of actually enjoying our time together. Training shouldn’t be about winning or losing. It should be about building a bondContinue reading “Bond Building and Dog Training”

My Mantrailing Journey

I started Mantrailing after attending an introduction about two years ago. I initially went along to learn more about trailing in order to bring the knowledge back to my security dog training, as I was having trouble with a few dogs.  I didn’t intend to get hooked, I didn’t intend for it to become aContinue reading “My Mantrailing Journey”

What is Mantrailing?

What is Mantrailing? (No, it’s not a dating website) It’s essentially Search and Rescue skills that we do with our pet dogs. For fun! We are not really teaching the dog anything new, but instead honing their natural super sniffer skills into a fun game. We teach our dogs to find a specific person theContinue reading “What is Mantrailing?”