This is the first module of a series of courses dedicated to mantrailing. During these three weeks we will focus on the basics of mantrailing training, analyzing its theoretical aspects and the main training methodologies, highlighting their pros and cons.
What is mantrailing?
Mantrailing is a training technique used for several centuries in the United States, where bloodhounds have become an icon between reality and legend. The mantrailing dog became famous in the United States where bloodhounds were primarily employed in the search for escaped convicts. To this day, the U.S. remains one of the countries where mantrailing dogs are particularly popular.
A mantrailing dog is a dog that has learned to follow the human scent: unlike the tracking dog, the mantrailing dog does not follow the trampling but mainly uses the olfactory trails created by cellular decay, a process that each of us undergoes from birth to death.
The mantrailing dog performs what in jargon is called olfactory discrimination, i.e. it sniffs an object belonging to the target person and follows the individual smell, even within urban areas.
Mantrailing has spread in Europe from Germany and Switzerland, where the police was the first to use these canine units. In Italy this training methodology is rather recent, having spread about 20 years ago. Today, in addition to finding use in civil protection associations for the search of missing persons and in some police forces for work of their competence, mantrailing is also a sporting discipline appreciated by owners looking for a pleasant activity that keeps the whole family fit.
From mantrailing also originates a particular declination of this discipline, known as “pet-trailing” that is the search for lost pets with the help of dogs trained with the mantrailing technique. During the course we will try to deepen, always with a scientific approach, also this application of mantrailing.
We will work to build a solid base of knowledge for conductors and instructors. The course is mainly aimed at those who want to do mantrailing at a professional level but is also open to those who want to approach it for personal interest or for fun. No skills are taken for granted or acquired, so we will address all topics in a comprehensive manner so that they can be useful both to the neophyte who is taking the first steps and to the experienced conductor or instructor who wants to learn new approaches.
Mantrailing in history
What is mantrailing?
Uses of the mantrailing dog
Mantrailing vs. tracking: is it a matter of semantics?
Pet – trailing: fact or fiction?
How to select a dog
The main methodologies compared
The human smell on the track
How to test a mantrailing dog
Working in a team
How does the course work?
This is a three-week self-study course: the student will have access to the teaching material 7/7 and h24. There is the possibility to interact with the teacher in the private gruop. The lecturer will give you personalized feedback on each of your questions. This means there are no specific dates to attend – you can choose the times and days that best suit your needs. Perfect course for those who work weekends too!
At the end of the course and upon completion of all activities, a certificate of attendance will be issued.
When does the course start?
It is possible to enroll in the course at any time. The material will be released in three weekly blocks: in order to access the next block, in addition to the time factor, you must complete all the lessons of the previous week. Lessons will be available from February 1st
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- Quizzes 0
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 40
- Assessments Yes
Passionate about behavior, Roberta is a psychologist with an MSc in education and a specialty in criminology. She is completing an MSc in ethology and animal behavior. She collaborated with the Laboratory of Animal Cognition at the University of Trieste. She is a dog trainer specialized in detection and mantrailing. She taught all around Europe and United States. After attending many schools in the last 6 years she chose to follow the Scandinavian Working Dogs Institute. She has published the book "Mantrailing: a training handbook" and is working on two other titles.