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Training a Dog To Track Wounded Deer: How To Lay Out a Training Blood Line

Biodegradable Tape

Biodegradable Tape

There are many differing styles and approaches when training and developing a puppy into a blood tracking dog. Among the most important factors are: the dog needs to be of the right genetic background, needs to be exposed to different conditions so that her inherited senses are awaken and come out, and most importantly the dog needs to be trained. You buy a puppy from the right breeder and the right genes, but you don't necessary buy an already made blood tracking dog. Indeed, your puppy has all the necessary traits and potential to become a great blood tracking dog, but if you don't do any training with that dog he will end up being a couch potato.

Many new owners neglect the aspect of training. They either think that they don't need to do any training, or don't know how to train their blood tracking dog. The expectation is that magic will happen and the dog will find the deer instinctively because they bought a blood tracking dog. Most often that's not the case though. In order for your dog to perform well and find as many wounded deer as possible, you have to previously train your dog. The simplest way of doing that is by laying out training blood lines. When it comes to how you can lay out a training blood line for a puppy many new blood tracking dog owners don't know how to. That's why on the two videos below we are specifically going to discuss how to lay out a training blood line for the new puppy you have, or you're going to get soon. The two videos show the whole process of how to lay out a training blood line for a blood tracking dog.


Tools you need:

  • Biodegradable Marking Tape
  • Squeeze Bottle
  • High Boots To Hide Your Scent
  • Deer Blood
  • Strainer To Strain The Blood (if you're using the squeeze bottle method)
  • Stapler
  • Pen To Write Down The Time

The above is all what you will need in most cases. This was not mentioned in the video, but don't forget to take down the markers and the staples when you are finished. As the puppy will gain more experience you will extend the length of the lines. It is strongly recommended that at some point, if you have somebody to help you out, have someone else lay the blood line for you and have them put the markers on the other side of the tree, where you can not see the markers the whole time and rely on them.That's how it is done when you track at an official competition. You will see that it will enormously help you focus on the dog and how to read her body language, rather than try to spot markers on the trees and correct the dog. That's all folks! Thank you for reading my post and watching my video. Hope this helps.