Tracking Dogs

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Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Bucks » Wed Jul 07, 2021 2:38 pm

Do any of you have recovery dogs. What breed do you have and how do you train them.


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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Bowhunter68 » Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:24 pm

I have a 1 year old lab I use for both duck hunting and blood trailing. In my area a lot of people use catabolism as tracking dogs because they can actually bay up a deer if it’s still alive when they catch up to it but they’re too energetic for me. Dogbone has some good YouTube videos on getting started with blood dogs
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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Bowhunter68 » Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:25 pm

If you’re just starting to get into it the basic gear is usually a long check cord (30 feet), livers, blood, and deer legs for laying scent trails, and a harness
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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Bucks » Thu Jul 08, 2021 1:00 am

Ok cool i have a beagle that has tracked a few deer and he’s done good i just want to learn more on the training aspect of it.
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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Huntress13 » Thu Jul 08, 2021 2:34 am

I remembered reading a post with a lot of good info, and I found it here:
https://www.thehuntingbeast.com/viewtop ... 05&t=18056
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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Brokenarrow1980 » Thu Jul 08, 2021 2:56 am

I seen videos where all sorts of different breeds will do the job. All dogs have amazing noses so if they are trainable go for it. I have a Britney and a GSP and I trained them to stay away from deer so they aren't chasing deer instead of pheasants.
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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Bowonly » Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:01 am

My wife started tracking last season with her wirehair daschund pup. Started training with short liver drags and progressed from there.

"Tracking dogs for finding wounded deer" by John Jeanneney is pretty much required reading for anyone that's interested in starting with a dog.

https://www.born-to-track.com/book/order-info.htm

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Re: Tracking Dogs

Unread postby Jimmy wallhanger » Fri Jul 09, 2021 7:55 am

I had a beagle coon hound mix.

I trained her by dragging a bloodstained rag in the backyard.

Very easy trails to begin with, with meat reward at the end.

Gradually making the trails more complex with less blood .

Then added rain into the equation.


I ended up giving her away as I'm not a dog guy I found out.

She was an amazing blood hound


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