UKCSD Specialist Tracking Course
Date: 13th to 18th January 2020
10am to 4pm each day
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens
Northants NN6 9LY
The main objective of this course is to equip the potential tracking team with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to successfully engage in specialist tracking, using this skill to track for lost dogs, this methodology has also been used to track and find other species of animal, with operationally proven results. The potential specialist tracking handler will receive valuable opportunity to gain essential experience in the practical arena, with the eventual goal of becoming a UKCSD Licenced Canine search/tracking dog handler. Once the licence is achieved it is essential
that the team become fully insured prior to operational deployment. Our operationally proven dogs are insured and have had successful deployments.
The steps required to become a licensed team are listed below.
- Pass the UKCSD 6 day specialist tracking course
- Engage in a series of planned tracks and strict record keeping
- Demonstrate ‘finds’ within the training environment
- Maintain records of training hours
- Pass UKCSD licencing requirements
- Continue professional and training development with yearly re-assessment.
Therefore, the UKCSD will enhance and develop your skills in the progression of multi-surface specialist tracking, and training you to become a licenced team in this excellent and unique discipline. This intensive 6 Day course will develop your skills and knowledge in the following;
- Canine Learning Theories, particularly scent-work and tracking
- Coaching Skills in the following, track laying, track planning, line handling and the ‘Tacit Dimension’ of reading canine tracking
- How to develop the skill of training a tracking dog, and acquiring the ‘indication’ as they scent discriminate on the track
- Understand and teach the concepts of ground disturbance and scent identification for finding missing dogs
- Understand the development of the tracking ‘team’ and apply training concepts to rapidly improve your operational potential
- Introduction to hard surface tracking and the benefits of further development, introducing trailing as a problem-solving concept
- Trouble shooting guides
- Design and develop practical scenario-based tracking days for your future development
- Gain valuable experience in training and teaching on the course, where you will lay and coach a successful track, to demonstrate the valuable skills acquired throughout the week
- Understand the ‘human element’ when engaged in live operational scenarios
- Understand the essential need to maintain records of training and future live finds.
This course will be a demanding and some-what physically challenging course, where there will be daily fieldwork and increasing lengthy tracks.
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