ManTrailing & Tracking:
Mantrailing is based on the ability of the Dog to distinguish between individual scents, and sole focus needs to be on a human's unique scent, ignoring distractions and so successfully find the specific human.
In the beginning of the trail the Dog is scented on a piece of clothing or other item that has the scent of the lost person 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 constantly shed.
This feat is achieved by harnessing the Dog’s existing ability to follow scent as it might in hunting for prey.
Dogs who are left trailing on its own may begin hunting one prey, switch to another easier prey trail it encounters as its priority is to find food.
Detecting skin cells fallen off from the surface of the human skin 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 in. Mantrailer training focuses on teaching the Dog to discriminate between the scent of the human and the multiple other distracting scents in the local environment the Dog may encounter.
When starting the training with a Puppy or young Dog it is important not to require too much from him in the beginning - training has to be a fun game. Every training session has to fun and enjoyable for the Dog and the owner, one has to always try finish off the training on a positive note.