All humans whether alive or deceased emit microscopic particles bearing human scent. A dog’s sense of smell is not only more powerful than ours, it is more discerning. Thus a dog can pick out a target odor in a sea of odors, especially if his concentration is reinforced by periodic exposure to an item of clothing or other object handled or worn by the person he is seeking. When trailing a person, a dog keys in on the odor of skin cells that flake off the body. Trailing dogs work on-lead. They follow the skin-cell trail wherever it leads, even though it is mixed with other scents.
Here at Sit ‘N Stay we will work with you and your dog to learn how to properly trail a scent as well as how to reinforce this training outside of class. Trailing can be a wonderful experience for both dog and trainer and can provide a great outlet for dogs that need to work in order to feel fulfilled.