Mantrailing is fast becoming one of the most popular dog sports, and for good reason. It gives our dogs an opportunity to use their natural abilities in a structured, beneficial way. But just how similar is our approach to what you might find in operational settings, and what are the real-world advantages? Read on to find out more about our mantrailing workshops and how we run our mantrailing for pet dogs.
First, it’s worth noting that the essence of our mantrailing workshops is rooted in real-world, operational practices. While the end goals may differ – we’re not typically searching for lost persons or criminal suspects – the techniques and strategies are strikingly similar. This gives our dogs a genuine, authentic experience, and it means they’re learning skills that have practical value in real-world scenarios.
Each dog is unique, with its strengths, quirks, and challenges. That’s why our workshops don’t adopt a one-size-fits-all methodology. Like in operational environments, we recognise the importance of tailoring the training to the individual dog, ensuring they’re given the best chance to flourish.
Benefits Beyond the Trail
Mantrailing is more than just following a scent. Here are a few key benefits:
Mental Stimulation: It’s no secret that dogs love to use their noses. By engaging them in scent-based activities, we’re providing a robust mental workout that can be more exhausting (and satisfying) than physical exercise alone.
Increased Confidence: For dogs that might be a little shy or unsure, mantrailing offers an opportunity to succeed in a task, boosting their self-assurance.
Strengthened Bond: Working together on the trail enhances the bond between handler and dog. There’s a level of trust and understanding that develops, akin to any team-based activity.
Practical Skills: The focus and discipline learnt during mantrailing have real-world applications. Whether it’s better recall, enhanced obedience, or simply improved focus during other tasks, the skills are transferable.
In summary, our mantrailing workshops offer a blend of operational techniques with the flexibility and fun of a sportive approach. They’re an excellent way for handlers to engage with their dogs, learn more about their capabilities, and enjoy the many benefits that come with scent-based activities. Not just a game, it’s a valuable training tool with myriad benefits.
Denise and Lola mantrailing