How to Train Dogs to Track Blood

by Tommy Charles
 

Hounds make the very best blood tracking dogs.

Hunting requires a potent weapon, a solid aim and a reliable way to track injured prey. Wounded animals leave a trail that is far too faint for us to track, yet it is considered bad form to allow these animals to languish in pain. A trained dog can track the blood of the trophy animal over considerable distances, thus allowing you to finish the task in as little time as possible.

Step 1

Pour a small amount of deer blood onto the sponge. Place the sponge a few inches away from the dog's snout. When the dog investigates by sniffing the sponge reward it with a treat. Repeat this step for several days in a row.

Step 2

Pour a line of blood 15 feet long and in a straight line. Place a small amount of deer hide at the end of the line. Place the leash on the dog and walk the line slowly, stopping each time the dog seems to lose interest in the scent of the blood. Once the dog reaches the end of the line give it a treat and allow it to chew the hide. Repeat this step for several days in a row.

Step 3

Repeat step two, this time allowing the blood trail to age two hours before beginning. Repeat this step until the dog becomes proficient at following the aged blood trail.

Step 4

Lay a 25-foot line of blood in a zigzag pattern with deer hide at the end. Use approximately half the amount of blood as before and allow this blood to age 10 hours. Walk this line with the dog as in the previous steps, only progressing when the dog becomes proficient at finding the deer hide.

Step 5

Lay a 35-foot line of blood in a zigzag pattern with deer hide at the end. Use approximately half the amount of blood that you did in step four. Allow this blood to age 15 hours. As in the previous steps, walk this line with the dog until it becomes proficient.

Step 6

Lay a 40-foot line in a zigzag pattern as you did in the previous steps. Use the liquid dropper to dispense small amounts of blood along the trail. Allow this blood to age 24 hours. Walk this trail with your dog every day until it becomes proficient in following it to the end.

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