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PROTECTION SCHUTZHUND TRAINING BEHAVIOR GERMAN SHEPHERD


SCENTWORK, SEARCH AND RESCUE, DETECTION, AND TRACKING

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO TRAINING AND WORKING THE TRAILING DOG
John Lutenberg & Linda Porter
A guideline for training and maintenance of the trailing dog. Much of the book consists of basic training methods for new and experienced handlers so they fully understand the process of selecting, training and working a trailing dog. It also contains tips on how to avoid potential problems or correct existing ones. The book is a combination of personal training experience, working knowledge of trailing dogs and training methods and tips from around the nation which have proven to be sound and reliable. 2001; Spiral, 92 pages
ANALYSIS OF LOST PERSON BEHAVIOR
Bill Syrotuck; paperback; 2000
Newly revised edition! An aid to search planning for search and rescue units, this is a scientific study of the behavior of lost persons (children, elderly, disabled, etc.) Includes: basic fears of lost persons, capabilities of a lost person, behavior while lost, evaluation of the scene and terrain, probable distances covered, and MUCH more! Author: William Syrotuck, search and rescue & tracking authority.
BASIC NARCOTIC DETECTION DOG TRAINING
Jack Robicheaux; 1990; Paperback
Designed to help the new and/or experienced Law Enforcement or professional K-9 handler understand the process of selecting, training and maintaining the working Narcotic Detection Dog. The methods of training here are the result of a number of years of successful training in this field. Contents: the dog's sense of smell, selecting a dog for narcotic detection, evaluating a dog for narcotics detection potential, training records, obedience training, basic safety considerations, basic detection training, search strategies, additional scents, training for distractions, maintaining the training, scent preparations, and certification.
CADAVER DOG HANDBOOK: A Forensic Guide for Training, Handling, and Searching
Marcella H. Sorg, Andrew Rebmann, Edward David; August 2000; Hardcover
Intended for those who train and handle cadaver dogs, this book also encompasses information for those who work closely with them, such as police, death investigators, and anthropologists. Its interdisciplinary approach is useful to any member of a forensic team who regularly participates in or evaluates the results of the human remains search effort. Cadaver Dog Handbook is organized so that forensic specialists who are not themselves dog handlers will be able to access information about search techniques, contexts and documentation. Conversely, individuals interested primarily in training and handling will be able to focus on chapters devoted specifically to these subjects or expand their expertise to include more of the forensic framework.
COMPONENT TRAINING FOR VARIABLE SURFACE TRACKING
Presnall & Bergeon
The FIRST step-by-step guide to teach students, instructors and judges the primary concepts of Variable Surface Tracking (VST)! Concepts for training search procedures on variable surfaces are equally successful in training dogs for AKC Tracking, SAR, or police work. Introduces the basics of tracking on variable surfaces, the intent of the regulations; easy to read and follow, suitable for either a beginning or advanced dog. A must-read book! Expand your dog's ability to work on concrete, asphalt, much, dirt, in or around buildings and along roads in urban areas. 1998, pbk, 168 pages
DOG HEROES: SAVING LIVES AND PROTECTING AMERICA
Jen Bidner
Just released, this informative and educational book about contemporary canine heroes is the runaway bestseller among dog enthusiasts, trainers, and handlers worldwide. Search-dog trainer and photographer Jen Bidner brings her knowledge of the field to the first book to celebrate these brave dogs and highlight their capabilities with dramatic photographs. In addition to rousing real-life tales, Bidner writes about the history of canine search and rescue. She reveals the wide range of breeds being successfully used as search dogs, with detailed information on getting started in canine search and rescue. 2002, hardback.
ENTHUSIASTIC TRACKING: A STEP BY STEP TRAINING HANDBOOK
Sanders
Training method described here is a systematic technique that works for almost all dogs. It is a structured and careful method, leaving very little learning to chance. Because the dog must lead the handler down the track, motivational techniques are emphasized throughout. Prepares dog and handler for their first tracking test and TDX test. Includes detailed descriptions of tracklayer and handler procedures, problem avoidance and problem solving techniques. Field maps are available (in the book or separately in "Enthusiastic Tracking: Field Maps") for each training session to help lay the correct track. Author is an AKC tracking judge. 1998, paperback
ENTHUSIASTIC TRACKING: FIELD MAPS
Sanders
Field maps are printed on 4 x 6 inch index cards to be used in the field, so track layer will be able to lay the correct track for each training session. These tracks appear in the book as well, but the separate cards will aid in keeping the book clean and dry - and be a lot easier to carry! Each card also has a place to record dog's name, date, track layer, place, weather conditions, and evaluation of the training session. 1998, paperback
FOLLOWING GHOSTS: DEVELOPING THE TRACKING RELATIONSHIP
Clothier & Rice
A common sense approach to tracking/search & rescue based on respect for the dog's natural abilities, positive reinforcement, and keen observation skills. To be successful with this approach, all you need is a good relationship with your dog. Based on John Rice's extensive experiences with his all Golden Retriever Police K-9 unit, this approach to tracking focuses on the relationship between dog & handler, and an understanding of scent from the dog's point of view. Find out why variable surface tracking is not the ultimate goal - but the very best starting point! Learn why food on the track confuses dogs. Discover the perfect tracking field - in your own neighborhood. Track anytime, in almost any weather. Not a how-to recipe book, Following Ghosts offers a revolutionary and challenging look at tracking, canine abilities and ways to help you and your dog reach your tracking goals. Whether you're a tracking novice or an experienced tracker, this booklet will change your thinking. Find out why tracking judges like Ted Hoesel (the first VST judge), Search & Rescue Units, police departments and others are not only recommending this book, but buying it for their students as "required reading!" 1996, booklet, 54 pages
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPETITIVE TRACKING: BASIC SKILLS (TAPE 1)
Plumb
How to teach your dog scent discrimination through the use of a scent box, how to lay a track conducive to learning while building basic skills, calmness and confidence in all dogs. Shows the handler how to recognize changes in mood through body posture. Emphasis is on breaking skills down into their most basic form, letting the dog make mistakes and benefit from them. Schutzhund or AKC tracking. (Also see Tape 2, Teaching Precision Tracking). Published by Canine Training Systems, 1998, video, 60 Min.
FOUNDATIONS OF COMPETITIVE TRACKING: TEACHING PRECISION (TAPE 2)
Plumb
Emphasizes track construction for proper learning, how and when to properly wean the dog from food while teaching turns, articles, and obstacles. Also emphasizes the fact that through controlling difficulties and rewards, the dog will develop a consistent footstep to footstep style. This independent problem solving style will prepare your dog for the use of compulsion on the track once calmness, confidence and his problem solving ability are established. Schutzhund or AKC tracking. Published by Canine Training Systems, 1998, video, 60 Min.
INTRO TO LAND SEARCH PROBABILITIES
William Syrotuck, 2000
Search and rescue is an art and a science; there are theoretical approaches as well as practical ones. This handbook presents the scientific, theoretical probabilities of finding lost persons in any given area. It is a highly technical study! 2000, PBK.
K9 EXPLOSIVE DETECTION
Ron Mistafa
A manual for trainers, which includes general issues, requirements, choosing the dog, testing the dog's personality, training methods for different types of dogs, scenario training, search training rules and on-scene conduct, course certification and problem-solving, training with explosives. Designed for either beginning or experienced handler, but training with someone experienced is recommended. Published by Temeron Books, 1998, 189 pages
K9 PROFESSIONAL TRACKING
Resi Gerritsen & Ruud Haak
A complete manual of theory and training for the professional tracking dog (Schutzhund or police). An incorrect approach to training dogs in tracking can lead to a confused animal and a frustrated handler. The dog's ability to follow a scent is far beyond what humans are capable of, yet unless a handler can make a dog understand which scent he is to follow, failure is bound to ensue. Methods are based on acquiring a clear understanding of what is involved in tracking, what the dog's scent capabilities really are, and what conditions can affect the dog's tracking ability, and how. From this background, handlers can choose from a variety of methods to train their dog to track. 2001; Hardback, 154 pages
K9 SCENT DETECTION
Jan Kaldenbach
Canine intelligence and observation; the perception of odors; the nose and how it works; the right dog and handler for the job; how dogs can find us; tracking; drug detection; suspect discrimination. Appendices include case files and Police Detector Dog Requirements in the Netherlands. Author Jan Kaldenbach also wrote Malinois. Published by Termeron, 1998, 168 pages
K9 SEARCH AND RESCUE
Desi Gerritsen & Rudd Haak (Netherlands); 1994; paperback
In a disaster, a trained search and rescue dog can greatly increase the chances of victims being found in time and rescued. This book outlines a new method of training SAR dogs developed by the authors in Austria. It covers their entire training method from basic training through the specific methods required for each type of search operation. Includes tips on search preparation, safety, disaster operations coordination, information on the scent capabilities of dogs, and a brief history of canine search and rescue. Published by Temeron, 1999, Netherlands, 185 pages.
KEEPING TRACK
Mueller
Whether you're just starting tracking, or have been doing it for years, you'll appreciate these record-keeping tools for both trackers and tracklayers. Blank maps, mobile map maker, includes the Pocket Tracker (DGT179) so you can keep track of your dog's training progress. 1994, binder
KOEHLER METHOD OF TRAINING TRACKING DOGS
William R. Koehler, 1984; Hardcover
For search and rescue work, to assist in law enforcement, and to compete in Tracking Tests, here is all the preparation you and your dog will need.
MAN-TRACKERS & DOG HANDLERS IN SEARCH AND RESCUE
Greg Fuller, Ed Johnson, Robert Koester; 2000
Basic Guidelines and Information. This book advocates and assists in combining trackers and handlers in the field. Also useful for search managers in recognizing the value of combining these important resources under some circumstances. Past experiences has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of combining resources. 2000, pbk
POCKET TRACKER
Mueller
A handy guide to record the results and conditions of your tracking experiences. Part of the "Keeping Track" system. This small spiral notebook has graph paper to draw training tracks, note weather conditions, time track was laid, run, problems encountered, what you were trying to teach, etc. You'll want one for each dog you're working with, and it's a great keepsake after those titles are achieved! (Have the judges autograph it after you pass that test, too.) 1993, spiral
PRACTICAL SCENT DOG TRAINING
Lou Button
Step-by-step training guide for air scent, evidence search, disaster search and AKC tracking test. Recommended for those interested in search and rescue, police work, etc. rather than AKC tracking. 1990, paperback
PRACTICAL TRACKING FOR PRACTICALLY ANYONE
Hogan & Thompson
How-to manual for trackers. Includes certification, what to expect at a test, scent theory, variable surface tracking, sources of equipment. Not much on VST, but gives an idea of what it's about. "What to expect at the test" is great. Avoid those "first test" jitters. 1995, spiral
PROBLEM SOLVING IN TRAINING A TRACKING DOG
Frawley
Designed to follow Training a Competition Tracking Dog. This is a handling tape that shows competitors common mistakes that everyone makes in handling a tracking dog. (It is NOT a police tape.) video, 72 Min.
PUPPY TRACKING PRIMER
Carolyn Krause
Tracking strengthens your relationship with your dog more than any other activity, builds confidence in a timid dog, steadies a rowdy one, gives a break from conformation or obedience. At 7 weeks a puppy's mental equipment is completely switched on but not cluttered with learned behavior; it is the best time ever to start him tracking! The method in this little book is the easiest way to train the best tracking dog you'll ever have. (But it works with adult dogs, too.) The goal of the lesson plan is to prepare a dog to pass the AKC Tracking Dog test and lay the ground work for the Tracking Dog Excellent test. The plan involves a series of easy puzzles for the puppy/dog to solve each day. Uses food as an incentive. Well-organized, easy-to-follow plan. 1992, pbk, 87 pages
READY! THE TRAINING OF THE SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG
Susan Bulanda
A well-researched and practical resource for training a search and rescue dog, written by an experienced search and rescue person who is also a student of animal behavior. Part 1: Getting started (history, functions, choosing the dog, concepts of training, getting started, wind, scent, and dog) Part 2: Training (wilderness trng, alert, advanced levels, scent-discriminatory dog, water search, cadaver training, avalanche training, disaster training, small-area search, evidence search) Part 3: Going beyond (additional commands, problems, rewards). 1995; Paperback
SCENT AND THE SCENTING DOG
William G. Syrotuck
William Syrotuck spent years developing and researching the olfactory system in dogs. He brings knowledge in this concise, easy to understand book. 3rd Edition; 2000; Paperback
SCENT: TRAINING TO TRACK, SEARCH AND RESCUE
Pearsall
A thorough review of tracking theory and method. Excellent section on the scientific qualities of scent - how dogs smell and the environmental factors that affect scent. Scent theory, with a detailed examination of the physical and anatomical characteristics of canine olfaction. One of the classic tracking books. 1982
SEARCH DOG TRAINING: HOW TO GET STARTED (VIDEO)
Stopper and Watts
How to get started in search dog training! Super new video explains what is needed in terms of handler fitness, what is expected in each discipline of SAR, how to select and socialize a puppy, basic training (obedience), agility, trust, record keeping, the search game, search problems. Accompanying booklet includes sources of SAR equipment. Gives a great over-view of this field--exciting and inspiring!
SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS: TRAINING METHODS
American Rescue Dog Association
REVISED 2ND EDITION!! Well-trained search dogs are invaluable in saving lives. They have located victims trapped under debris from hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as avalanches, and many lost hikers or otherwise disoriented adults and children owe their lives to search dogs. This book teaches what it takes to train a true canine hero. The emphasis is on handler and unit training, but principles of obedience as well as handler readiness and equipment are explored. There is valuable information on conditioning and first aid for search dogs; also chapters on organizing and carrying out a search. Hardcover; 208 pages; 1991
SOME GRID SEARCH TECHNIQUES FOR LOCATING LOST INDIVIDUALS IN WILDERNESS AREAS
Bill Syrotuck; 1992; Paperback
For the wilderness search and rescue trainer, some valuable methods of planning searches, using a grid pattern. Scientific study of these techniques - diagrams and charts.
TACTICAL TRACKING OPERATIONS
David Scott-Donelan; 1998; paperback; 184 pages
This manual is packed with practical lessons, on-the-ground tricks, training drills and equipment suggestions for the solo tracker on up to a multiagency tracking operation. Learn from a 30-year veteran how to find and follow tracks through any terrain; assess the age of tracks; relocate the trail after it's gone missing; foil every effort to throw off your pursuit; coordinate a four-man team while tracking armed fugitives; set up and run large tracking operations, use the latest high-tech gear to find fugitives and more. Author David Scott-Donelan was a career soldier spanning almost three decades of active duty in the war zones of Rhodesia, South Africa, Mozambique, and South-West Africa/Namibia.
TRACKING
Gottfried Dildei
How to teach the dog to work intensely, confidently, and slowly from footstep to footstep all the way to the end of a winning Schutzhund III track. 50-55 min. Published by Canine Training Systems, 1993, video, 50 Min.
TRACKING DOG: THEORY AND METHOD
Glen R. Johnson; 1977
Long considered the "bible" of tracking, it is a pleasure to be able to offer this classic again! When written, it was the first complete guide to successful tracking training for both novice and expert. It includes training for both TD and TDX, as well as a trainer's handbook section. Theory is in-depth and understandable; methods may be too intensive for some. Deals with specific problems in a way that makes solutions obvious. Written by Glen R. Johnson, the master! For those of us who have been involved in the sport for a long time, this book is the one we learned from, and the one we still recommend as a foundation. Published by Arner Publications, 1977, pbk, 200 pages
TRACKING FROM THE GROUND UP
Ganz & Boyd
Takes the participant through all phases of training including many of the common difficulties encountered. Prepares the tracker for T. D. and T.D.X. tests. This is one of the best books we have for training AKC tracking. Easy to read and follow - it works. 1992, pbk
TRACKING FUNDAMENTALS
Ganz
A five-week program that guides you step-by-step through track laying, mapping, puppy training and adult dog training to a successful T.D. (Tracking Dog) or T.D.X. (Tracking Dog Excellent ) title! Author is a well-known instructor and judge. We suggest purchasing the book, Tracking from the Ground Up, to make a complete course for any AKC tracker. Unfortunately, there is nothing in either book or video on VST, as it wasn't around then. Training methods are adaptable to VST, however. Video, 42 Min.
TRACKING FUNDAMENTALS VIDEO & BOOK SET
Sandy Ganz and Susan Boyd
This excellent video not only shows tracking dogs at work but also outlines a 5-week training program suitable for puppies or adults, including a training schedule, mapping, track laying, turn techniques, and article indication. The companion book, by Sandy Ganz and co-author Susan Boyd, expands the training program to 8 weeks and includes training for the Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) title. Video running time: 42 Min. 1992
TRACKING TRAINERS HANDBOOK
Johnson
From the classic tracking "bible", Tracking Dog: Theory and Method, by Glen Johnson. You can have Glen's track designs, tracking schedules, and a lesson format to be used by trainers in conducting a tracking program. 1975, paperback.
TRACKING: FROM THE BEGINNING
Patterson
German Shepherd/Schutzhund author Patterson includes theory, conditioning and reinforcement, the track, training atmosphere, overview of the program, imprinting and novice training, beginning tracking, intermediate, and advanced tracking, training for advanced titles. The emphasis is on tracking for Schutzhund; includes discussion of prey drive, non-harness tracking, etc.


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