UNDERSTANDING WORKING DOGS

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TRACKERS AND TRAILERS 

Usually, when a person hears the word dog, the first thought that comes to mind is the gorgeous, golden lovable home companion. You know, the kind that bathes with you and licks peanut butter off your 3- year old’s toes. Pretty adorable stuff yeah? 

But if you say the word dog to me, the first thing that comes to mind is packs of gundogs tearing through long, thick bush deep in Africa. Yeah, that’s right, I’m a working dog nerd, and the trackers evoke the deepest parts of my obsession. I believe we are incredibly blessed to have such divinely instinctive creatures among us who can track even the tiniest human skin particles in the air! So, I decided to devote some of my time to educating others on these amazing animals and how they make our lives just that much better… even more than you thought they already do. 

WHAT IS A TRACKING DOG? 

So, time to get down to the nitty-gritty. The word tracking itself refers to a canine’s ability to detect and locate the source of an odour. Basically, a dog’s ability to find the source of any person, animal or object when asked. In the working dog world, there seems to be an endless list of types of tracking and detection dogs, but the main consensus seems to be that there are two main categories of working tracking dogs: 

TYPES OF TRACKING DOGS Due to the increased use of dogs in sports, security and hunting we have seen many breeds being mixed and bred for certain traits that make them largely suited to a specific type of 

work. Below I have included my favourite four types of trackers and trailer dogs and just how they do their jobs so incredibly! 

After reading these incredible facts about trackers and trailers, are you intrigued to find out more? Let one of our friendly receptionists know if you would like more educational posts on working dogs! Also, don’t forget about our Anti-Poaching Fund Raising campaign! Keep in contact with us on social media to find out more! 

REFERENCES: 

• Information from website: 

o K9 Tracking. 2020. K9 Gun Dog Training – Trailing, Tracking – Gundog Training. [online] 

Available at: <https://k9tracking.co.za/gun-dog-training-centre/> [Accessed 6 April 2020] 

• Images: 

1. Trailer dog : Kimball, C., 2020. Pet Trailers By Judson Beaumont – Design Milk

[online] Design Milk. Available at: <https://design-milk.com/pet-trailers-by- judson-beaumont/> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 2. GSP With nose on ground: Photographer, P., 2020. The Speed Of Anti-Poaching 

Tracker Dogs – Peter Chadwick | African Conservation Photographer. [online] Peterchadwick.co.za. Available at: <https://www.peterchadwick.co.za/blog/the- speed-of-anti-poaching-tracker-dogs> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 3. Bloodspoor: PetInsuranceQuotes. 2020. [online] Available at: 

<https://www.petinsurancequotes.com/blog/bluetick-coonhound-breed- information/> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 4. Anti poaching: McGarry, B., 2020. Service Dog Spotted At Range Day In Ear, Eye Protection. [online] Military.com. Available at: <https://www.military.com/daily- news/2016/01/20/service-dog-spotted-at-range-day-in-ear-eye-protection.html> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 5. Mantrailing: Good Housekeeping. 2020. The 25 Largest, Most Lovable Dog Breeds

[online] Available at: <https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/pets/advice/g1737/largest-dog- breeds/> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 6. Gundog: Pinterest. 2020. German Shorthair On Ruffed Grouse | German Shorthair, 

Hunting Dogs, Bird Dogs. [online] Available at: <https://za.pinterest.com/pin/520588038177230277/> [Accessed 3 April 2020]. 7. Cartoon: Dog Tracking Stock Illustrations – 402 Dog Tracking Stock Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart – Dreamstime. 2020. Dog Tracking Stock Illustrations – 402 Dog Tracking Stock Illustrations, Vectors & Clipart – Dreamstime. [online] Available at: <https://www.dreamstime.com/illustration/dog- tracking.html> [Accessed 3 April 2020].