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Tracking Foundation Workshop, Paul Quinlan

This two-day workshop introduces a reward based system for handlers and their dogs to develop tracking skills, as well as the basics of teaching the dog passive indication on an article. The aims of this workshop are to:

  • Understand the principles of tracking with your dog
  • Learn to follow a short track without deviation
  • Take away sufficient understanding of the system to develop further after the course.

Only six handler spaces, first come first served. We also offer spectator spaces, since much learning can be done without a dog.

Select the ‘Puppy Handler’ option to attend only the first half of each day with a puppy under the age of six months (from as soon as inoculations are completed). Note that all dogs attending must be comfortable in the car.

Date: 20-21 February 2016 (Monday-Tuesday)

Location: Woking, Surrey

This event is hosted by Enjoy Your Dog. Click here for availability and booking.

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Paul Quinlan is a qualified home office police dog instructor with 20+ years experience as operational police dog handler, 12 years as police dog instructor Greater Manchester Police Dog Training Unit, including running their breeding and puppy training scheme. Police dogs use several skills to find and detain offenders, tracking being one of them. Paul also runs pursuit tracking courses for civilians.

When Paul began training dogs, the methods used were ‘old school’ and relied heavily on compulsion. Paul saw that reward and motivational techniques were not only more acceptable, but produced far superior results.

Paul appeared in the TV documentary Send in the Dogs, leading pursuit tracking for police dog handlers (Season 2, Episode 6, from 15:45).

Paul’s website: Yell Dog

 

Time

This is a two-day workshop, each day from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The half day option for young puppies is from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location

Woking area. Meeting place will be advised in the joining instructions you will receive a few days before the workshop.

Requirements

There is no requirement for the handler/dog to have any prior experience or knowledge for this workshop. Any breed and age, from puppy with no upper age limit, as long as the dog is capable of moving short distances (100yards).

The only requirement on the handler is that they are capable to walk over the terrain – at beginners level this is simple pasture. Dogs will be worked individually so no issues if your dog is reactive with other dogs.

What to bring

A few days before the event, you will be briefed in detail on what to bring. No specialist tracking equipment is needed at this level.

Note: if your dog isn’t yet comfortable with a harness, it can work on a flat collar, because with food reward-based tracking dogs won’t be pulling excessively.

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