When you use a Bloodhound to hunt raccoons you may need to be responsible for humanely killing the raccoon when your trusty Bloodhound locates it. Raccoons can be a real problem in populated areas where they have become pests, living off of human garbage and raiding pet food. Because raccoons can be aggressive towards people and pets and carry diseases that can pass to other animals, hunting them in rural areas where they have become a problem is often required. A Bloodhound that can locate and track raccoons by scent is a great tool to prevent overpopulation of animals that can result in injuries to humans or other animals, starvation from overpopulation, and spread of disease.
So I want to train our Bloodhound to Coon hunt, but also be able to track a deer if necessary. My question about that is, that when I do that how am I going to make sure that she will be able to separate between the two different types of hunting? I don’t wanna be hunting for coons and end up tracking deer, or the other way around, especially if someone is counting on me to help them find their deer!!!
Hello Dave, I suggest giving Kayna a command for each when you practice with that scent, such as "Coon" and "Deer". Once she know both reliably, proof the command by practicing with both scents and giving her both scented items as well as an unscented item to detect and track. Only reward her when she detects the right one for the right command. Ignore and redirect wrong detections - showing her what she should be doing. You can also help her by practicing the Coons only when it's later in the day with less light or completely dark, to help her associate those types of outings with Coons, and morning and daytime outings with deer. For further details you can look up how bomb sniffing dogs or medical alert dogs that are taught two scents learn how to differentiate them. It's a similar concept. Be patient with her, two scents is a much harder concept than Coons or deer alone. Best of luck training
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