From the Publisher
The Most Complete Look Ever at the Science of Scent and the Scenting Dog In this unusual and unique study of the tracking dog, Milo Pearsall, for many years Americas foremost obedience trainer, teamed up with Hugo Verbruggen, M.D., a medical doctor and researcher with an enthusiasm for the sport, to look at how dogs follow a track. What they discovered is important information for anyone interested in scent work. First, the authors examine how dogs smell and why dogs are able to follow a track. Perhaps their most important discovery was how wind, humidity, terrain and other environmental factors influence the dogs ability to scent and must be considered when handling a tracking dog. They discuss all types of scent work and explain, step-by-step, how to train your dog.
About the Author
Milo D. Pearsall, who, during his forty years experience with dogs, has worked and been a consultant in nearly every phase of dog training. Most recently he has participated with observation and advice in the newly established field of teaching the Hearing Dogs as assistants to the deaf. He does not participate but has a keen interest in the highly specialized area of training guiding dogs for the blind. He is nationally known for his expertise in judging, teaching obedience training and tracking, and conducting schools and clinics for both instructors and handlers.
Milo has the innate ability to instantly read both dogs and handlers. Baffled by early abusive training techniques, Milos keen observation has developed and refined the art of obedience training. "Lets approach this training," says Milo, "from the dogs point of view."
Dr. Hugo Verbruggen received his doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1955, and his doctorate in Medicine the following year. He was in residency in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and has been practicing orthopaedic surgery since 1961 in the Easton, Pennsylvania, area. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Othopaedic Surgery, member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member of the American College of Surgeons, is presently Director of Rehabilitation and also Associate-in-Charge, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Easton Hospital, and is Clinical Associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hahnemann Medical School, Philadelphia.