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Old 01-28-2007, 11:01 AM
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How do you teach a new beagle how to blood trail? i have lost several deer and i think with a good blood trailing dog i would of found them
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:33 PM
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I tried to go back and pull some old post for you but was not able to go back but a page. This has been discussed several times over the last year so you might want to try your own search maybe you can locate something on here. If not a few good places to begin are
www.unitedbloodtrackers.orgThis is a national tracking organization formed for promoting the use of blood tracking dogs. is a section on my web site.

Also if yopu have not already done so purchase John Jeanneney's book Tracking dogs for recovering wounded game. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in tracking dogs.
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Old 01-28-2007, 12:43 PM
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I am starting my new drahthaar pup on blood trailing, so maybe I can help here. The first thing is to get the pup used to the idea that when you point to the ground, there is something interesting there and he should follow.

We start with "soup" trails. Use some chicken broth or beef stock, old gravy, whatever. Pour a trail in a straight line, rather short. Every now and then, put a little piece of hotdog down on the trail. At the end of the track, put a towel or something like that, place a small pile of the hotdogs there.

Bring the pup up point to the ground, give your command in an excited voice, and touch the ground. Pup should catch on quickly and understnad that whatever command you give means a track and some food at the end.

I can post some articles on how to start with blood, etc. later.

As a side note, the calmer and more mentally sure the dog, the better tracker they will be. You want a dog to be calm, deliberate, and focused on the track. Blood tracking has been by far the most interesting part of training my German dogs, and the communication that is established between handler and dog is amazing.
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Old 01-28-2007, 04:01 PM
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second what wildlands stated -
John J.'s book are excellent. lots of good info
good luck
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:18 AM
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Some great advice from some fellow members of UBT. Everything you need to know is in John's book. Join UBT. Nimrod left the addy on his post.

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