Search And Rescue Saturday–Nose Calibration

by Mr. Taleteller on

Have you ever heard of calibrating a dog’s nose?

Kuster Urban Trail-- TalesAndTails.com

K-9 Küster working next to buildings at a college

We Have A Problem

Here’s my issue.  We’ve been doing many fun, shorter in length, and hotter trails lately.  Basically, fresher laid trails.  This is due to demonstrations, and the biggest training barrier of just time in the day.  It is very difficult to actually get a person willing enough to sit out in the woods for several hours.  Now are you thinking, why is this a  problem?  Well, here’s why.  Küster and I are comfortable with hotter (fresh) trails.  Küster loves to run and pull on his long line.  I believe that he is easy to read when he is on and off trail.  We are getting ready to both re-certify this fall.  As part of these processes, the age of the trail is older.

Kuster at Work

Küster Trialing

The Answer, Train More.

Küster’s body language and the way he works trails is very much different when he is working older more aged trials.  The scent from the victim is different.  The process of training Küster on these aged trails so he takes to them with more confidence and we are both more comfortable is considered calibrating his nose.  Getting him used to working trails that are four to six hours old is the plan.

That means that over the course of the next month or so, we’ll be practicing on trails that aren’t as fresh to get his nose more in tune with what we need to do.  It’s good practice for us anyway, because we rarely get a call right after a victim has disappeared.  It usually takes several hours before we’re called, are able to get our gear together and arrive at the site of the search.  So, Küster and I will be recalibrating his nose a little and my skills at reading him.  Wish us luck!

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  • Sue Dyer

    Wish I lived near, as I’d happily wait in the woods for Kuster to find me:) LOL

    Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Vicky

    Never heard of calibrating a dogs nose before, but it makes sense. Good luck with the training.