What is Mantrailing? 

Mantrailing is an “art” of following one person’s scent and later identifying that person or the end of the trail. Mantrailing is used to find missed persons in search and rescue operations and in criminal investigations.

Mantrailing combines the amazing ability a dog has to process shed skin cells, and put them in chronological order to move ahead on a trail and the ability to distinguish between individual scents. In the beginning of the trail the dog is scented on a piece of clothing the lost person or other item, that has the scent of that person (scent article) and the dog will follow this individual scent on the trail, which is left there by hairs, dead skin cells and smaller particles that humans shed constantly. Because these rafts and particles are very small, they can also be carried by the wind, which can cause the dog to follow the trail at some distance from the actual path the person has walked, depending on the terrain and weather conditions (wind, rain). Field contamination (scent of others) should not affect dog’s work. He should be able to trail scents on pavements, streets, grass, water, etc. If there is a good scent article and a point where the person was last seen, a trailing dog can be the fastest way to find the victim.

And … dogs love it, they do it naturally and for them this is the best game around!

Yara has started Mantrailing at the age of 8 months. As the bulk of already filmed videos need a lot of memory space, I am presenting here only the newest trails. All the mantrailing videos we have filmed within the last months you can watch at my facebook-site.

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Mantrailing, March 8th, 2020:

Mantrailing am 08.03.2020

Gestern waren wir wieder trailen. Eins muss ich in diesem Zusammenhang anmerken: Es ist unfassbar, wo die Leute ihre Hunde überall hinpinkeln lassen – alle Häuserecken und -wände, Mülleimer, Straßenschilder – echt unglaublich! 🤬🤬🤬Eigentlich soll sich der Hund beim trailen nur auf die Spur konzentrieren, aber bei diesem Übermaß an "Sie-können-sich-absolut-nicht-benehmen" war auch Yara etwas abgelenkt. 😜😜😜

Gepostet von Bullmastiff of Franconian Shamrock am Montag, 9. März 2020
Mantrailing am 08.03.2020

Bestätigungstrail

Gepostet von Bullmastiff of Franconian Shamrock am Montag, 9. März 2020
Mantrailing am 08.03.2020

Bei diesem Bestätigungstrail gab es am Schluss eine Gruppen-ID. Hier kann man deutlich sehen, wie die Hunde mit der Nase und nicht mit den Augen arbeiten. Hat ein bisschen gedauert bei Yara … 😍💞😍

Gepostet von Bullmastiff of Franconian Shamrock am Montag, 9. März 2020