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Canine Team Trailing Certifications

 

  • The trailing test(s) will be divided into four units/levels - Urban Trailing, Operational, Experienced and Advanced. The handler/canine team must demonstrate the ability to trail an unknown subject in an unknown area. The canine must be scent specific in order to evaluate in the field testing. For testing purposes, the handler and canine will be out of view of any testing put out and prior to the test start. Whenever possible, the suspect will be an unknown person, one who has not worked with that canine testing. The Evaluators will know the exact testing track/trail and will follow the canine and handler but will not purposely distract or interfere with the working/testing team. The handler will have to verbally identify his/her canine's alert or final response at the end of the test track. If multiple individuals are at the end under circumstances that are not of Evaluators control, the handler must identify the subject in which his/her canine was tracking under scent specific command.
  • Each Trailing Testing team is allowed to have one flanker as an assistant throughout their trail; at no time will that person interfere with the canine or be a handler to the canine during the testing. A flanker is there only to assist in safety and navigation to that canine team testing.
  • Any team that is determined by the evaluator to be more than 46 m (=50yd) off the subjects trail, will be failed. If time allots and over 50% of the test track/trail has been completed at the time of a failure, the Lead Evaluator may assist the canine team in relocating the track/trail and allow the canine to complete.
  • For testing purposes, the handler and canine will be out of view of any testing put out and prior to the test start. Whenever possible, the subject will be an unknown person, one who has not worked with that canine testing. The Evaluators will know the exact testing track/trail and will follow the canine and handler but will not purposely distract or interfere with the working/testing team. All testing trails/tracks, will be put out with the Directive of the Lead Evaluator. Time track/trail is laid will be documented along with suspect initials and the Lead Evaluator will have possession of the suspect scent article that will be on a sterile gauze pad (no less than 3" by 3"), made and touched only by the suspect and sealed in a sealed plastic or glass jar article hold

 

Urban Trailing Certification:

  • This testing certification is to assist in urban environments and greatly used in Law Enforcement Canines as well as Search and Rescue canines. This is a test of the dogs ability to stay scent specific in a highly contaminated area, the canines proficiency as well as the safe handling of the canine by the canine handler.
  • For testing purposes, the handler and canine will be out of view of any testing put out and prior to the test start. Whenever possible, the subject will be an unknown person, one who has not worked with that canine testing. The Evaluators will know the exact testing track/trail and will follow the canine and handler but will not purposely distract or interfere with the working/testing team. The track will be at least one half mile long, starting on vegetation or dirt, not asphalt, cross at least two (3) different types of surfacing (grass, asphalt, concrete, rock, dirt, woods, etc). The track will be at least one (1) hour old prior to the start of the test and at the digression of the Lead Evaluator. There will be one (1) fresh cross track laid at least fifteen (15) minutes after the original track. Canine must be able to track subject within a one hour time frame from the start of track. There will be no restarts. Canine testing will receive a fail if canine takes subject track not specific to his/her scent article. The testing track will have at least three (3) turns in it and no more than one mile. The handler will have to verbally identify his/her canine's alert or final response at the end of the test track. If multiple individuals are at the end under circumstances that are not of Evaluators control, the handler must identify the subject in which his/her canine was tracking under scent specific command.
  • Each Trailing Testing team is allowed to have one flanker as an assistant throughout their trail; at no time will that person interfere with the canine or be a handler to the canine during the testing. A flanker is there only to assist in safety and navigation to that canine team testing.
  • Any team that is determined by the evaluator to be more than 46 m (=50yd) off the subjects trail, will be failed. If time allots and over 50% of the test track/trail has been completed at the time of a failure, the Lead Evaluator may assist the canine team in relocating the track/trail and allow the canine to complete.

 

Operational Mantrailing Certification:

  • An uncontaminated scent article from the suspect will be available for the canine team testing at the start of the exercise. The subject will have laid the trail at least one (1) hour prior to the start of the exercise. The trail will be between ½ to ¾ mile with at least two turns and two surface changes. The canine team will only be allowed one restart if called by the handler theirselves and if within the first 3 minutes of the start. Another subject will lay a cross trail at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the exercise. The exact location of the cross trail will be known to the evaluators. Time given to complete track is 30 minutes including breaks. The handler will have to verbally identify his/her canine's alert or final response at the end of the test track. If multiple individuals are at the end under circumstances that are not of Evaluators control, the handler must identify the subject in which his/her canine was tracking under scent specific command.
  • Each Trailing Testing team is allowed to have one flanker as an assistant throughout their trail; at no time will that person interfere with the canine or be a handler to the canine during the testing. A flanker is there only to assist in safety and navigation to that canine team testing.
  • Any team that is determined by the evaluator to be more than 46 m (=50yd) off the subjects trail, will be failed. If time allots and over 50% of the test track/trail has been completed at the time of a failure, the Lead Evaluator may assist the canine team in relocating the track/trail and allow the canine to complete.

 

Experienced Mantrailing Certification:

  • An uncontaminated scent article from the subject will be available for the canine team testing at the start of the exercise. The subject will have laid the trail at least three to four (3-4) hours prior to the start of the exercise. The trail will be between one-half mile to one mile with at least four to twelve turns and four surface changes if possible to obtain. There will be no restarts. Another subject will lay a cross trail at least one hour prior to the start of the exercise. The exact location of the cross trail will be known to the evaluators. If the canine team testing takes the cross trail, this will be an immediate fail. Time given to complete track is one hour including breaks. The handler will have to verbally identify his/her canine's alert or final response at the end of the test track. If multiple individuals are at the end under circumstances that are not of Evaluators control, the handler must identify the suspect in which his/her canine was tracking under scent specific command.
  • Each Trailing Testing team is allowed to have one flanker as an assistant throughout their trail; at no time will that person interfere with the canine or be a handler to the canine during the testing. A flanker is there only to assist in safety and navigation to that canine team testing.
  • Any team that is determined by the evaluator to be more than 46 m (=50yd) off the subjects trail, will be failed. If time allots and over 50% of the test track/trail has been completed at the time of a failure, the Lead Evaluator may assist the canine team in relocating the track/trail and allow the canine to complete.

 

Advanced Mantrailing Certification:

  • An uncontaminated scent article from the subject will be available for the canine team testing at the start of the exercise. The subject will have laid the trail at least twelve (12) hours prior to the start of the exercise. The trail will be between 1 to 1 ¼ mile, with a minimum of ten turns and multiple surface changes. Surface cover at the start of the trail will be vegetation but will run at least 500 feet of pavement, asphalt or dirt, cross a stream if available and cross two (2) fresh human trails with other expected cross tracks. There will be no restart available. There will be multiple human distractors in the testing area. Time given to complete track is 1 hour, including breaks. The handler will have to verbally identify his/her canine's alert or final response at the end of the test track. If multiple individuals are at the end under circumstances that are not of Evaluators control, the handler must identify the suspect in which his/her canine was tracking under scent specific command.
  • Each Trailing Testing team is allowed to have one flanker as an assistant throughout their trail; at no time will that person interfere with the canine or be a handler to the canine during the testing. A flanker is there only to assist in safety and navigation to that canine team testing.
  • Any team that is determined by the evaluator to be more than 46 m (=50yd) off the subjects trail, will be failed. If time allots and over 50% of the test track/trail has been completed at the time of a failure, the Lead Evaluator may assist the canine team in relocating the track/trail and allow the canine to complete.
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