Riley is on the rather large side. I mean, that is to be expected when you consider he's a Doberman. Having said that, you get used to it. So it isn’t until every now and then when you walk past small dogs that you realize quite how big he really is. But despite their somewhat conspicuous size, you want to put Riley to work. In fact, you want to train him to track. Dobermans have a fantastic sense of smell and you’re in need of a new hunting companion. Alternatively, maybe you want to train yours to be a working dog that needs to track.
Training a Doberman to track comes with a number of distinct advantages. Firstly, you’ll be able to sniff out whatever it is you’re after, be it another animal, cash or drugs. This type of training is also a fantastic way to channel the dog's energy into something productive, keeping them mentally stimulated. Finally, it’s a great way to strengthen the bond between you both and work as a team.
Training a Doberman to track requires consistent practice and concentration from both you and them. The first thing you will need to do is get them familiar with the item you want them to find. You will then need to get them excited by it. Finally, you will need to motivate them to find it and support them along the way. Obedience training will play a major part.
If your Doberman is a puppy then they should be raring to go and a quick learner. This means you could see results in just a few weeks. However, if your Doberman is older and more interested in lazing around than learning new skills, well then you’ll need months. If you can get training right you’ll be well on the way to training an efficient, working dog. If you want to take your pal out hunting, then you may find your results improve too.
Before you can start work, you will need to get together a few things. The item you want them to find is essential. If it’s an animal, then use decoys and scent spray. You will then need a decent supply of treats or the dog's favorite food broken into small pieces. A toy, clicker, friend and a training leash will also be needed.
Set aside 15 minutes each day for training. You can start by practicing in your house and local park, but then you will need access to local fields.
Once you have all of the above, just bring enthusiasm and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!