A Complete Manual for Theory and Training
K9 Professional Tracking will teach you how to start a successful clean-scent tracking program from the ground up: how to pick the right dog, what equipment you need, how to lay a track, and which exercises work.
A well-trained tracking dog can be the deciding factor in both criminal investigations and search-and-rescue operations. When the stakes are high and you demand only top performance from your K9, you need training methods relied upon by police forces and search and rescue teams around the world.
Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak show you how to train your dog in clean-scent tracking, a proven method that trains dogs to follow a particular scent on a track while ignoring crosstracks and other odors. Resi and Ruud also break down the science of scent and the dog’s nose, critical information that allows you to fully understand what your K9 is and is not capable of in the field. With the right knowledge and techniques, you’ll be able to train tracking dogs to the highest professional standards.
Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak have trained search and rescue dogs for more than 30 years and have taken part in rescue operations around the world. Based on their decades of study and experience, their innovative SAR training method is rooted in a firm, scientific understanding of K-9 instincts.
As world-renowned specialists in the field of dog work and the authors of more than 30 dog training titles, they serve as training directors and international judges for the International Red Cross Federation, the United Nations, the International Rescue Dog Organization and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI).