Mantrailing is a fun dog sport that really is suitable for all dogs.
Mantrailing is a fun dog sport that really is suitable for all dogs. It is like no other activity or sport It is completely unique to any other dog training sport. It can help with unwanted behavioural problems such as fear, hyperactivity, phobias, stress, anxiety and reactivity towards dogs and or people. These dog behaviours normally lead to you becoming extremely isolated with a list of disappointing experiences and missing out on the opportunities of taking part in various dog activities.
As the sport builds on the dogs natural tracking ability, it puts the dog in control and you as a handler have to learn to read your dog's body language and assist in environments where they are struggling. This builds an amazing bond between you, grows confidence and reduces anxiety in your dog.
The sense of smell is a dog's primary sense it dominates its brain, so it makes perfect sense that Mantrailing provides a mental game that they enjoy, Your dog's brain is literally built around the information they get from scents! They build smell memories and these are closely linked to emotions. When a dog inhales, scent molecules stimulate chemical messages that bypass other areas of the brain and go straight to the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre. The amygdala passes emotional judgments to other structures that collate memories and these are passed onto the cortex. Emotionally appropriate hormones are then released into the body, which also affect mood. This is how we use Mantrailing as part of a behavioural modification programme to change the way your dog reacts to certain situations.
We will teach your dog to follow a specific scent and find the person it belongs to, you as a team will progress through more difficult environments and longer trails, learning to work junctions, doorways, buildings, urban and even through towns.
As all trails are on harness and long line you don't have to worry about dogs that have no recall.It definitely is. Mantrailing is a low impact sport so suitable for old, young and even some physically disabled dogs. We can tailor each trail to the needs of the dog team.We have puppies that start Mantrailing from 4 months old low impact and shorts trails, most grow into amazing teams.With the right motivation we can trail this behaviour out of them, in fact some of the naughtier mischievous dogs make the best mantrailers.As all dogs are worked one at a time this isn't a problem, in fact mantrailing can actually help reduce this behaviour.Yes, you can, if they are really bad we may ask you to bring a friend your dog likes to start with, but once they start to enjoy the game (which is normally very quickly) we can start adding other people, which will help to change your dog's reactions towards people.Yes, we may need to change the starts to being close to your car, but over time Mantrailing will increase your dog's confidence and help them feel less nervous.Yes, we can use other things for rewards for your dog, our team of behaviourists and trainers will help you identify what may work best, and show you how to build up more interest. Some dogs actually find trailing more rewarding than the treat at the end.We tailor each trail to suit the dog and handler, adding more difficulty with junctions and building etc. instead of long distanced and difficult terrain. We have trailing teams that are all ages and abilities.Oh yes most definitely, if your dog has a nose and is not suffering from a medical condition that compromise their sense of smell then they can trail. We have Pugs, Great Danes, Chihuahuas, Sight hounds all types of dog's trail.A long line lead and a harness, better still we have loads of spares you can borrow until you are sure which type you prefer.