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Scent: Training to Track, Search and Rescue Hardcover – September, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0931866111 ISBN-10: 0931866111 Edition: First edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Alpine Pubns Inc; First edition. edition (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931866111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931866111
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 America’s 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 dog’s 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, Milo’s keen observation has developed and refined the art of obedience training. "Let’s approach this training," says Milo, "from the dog’s 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.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Urszenyi (k9corner@istar.ca) on November 22, 1998
The first section of this book deals with scent theory and the canine gift of olfaction from a physical and anatomical examination of the dog. This is one of the best references to be found anywhere. The tracking portion of the book is a little weaker, but overall an excellent book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Clifford on March 6, 2001
I think for the overall comment on this book is " It is VERY tracking based". If you are getting it to help you in search and rescue you won't get what you think you are buying (I don't think). If you are getting it for tracking it will probably be your "bible". I really enjoyed the scent theory in the begining of the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alvin P. on September 19, 2004
The good: The principles in this book are sound, and much of the instruction is common in many other books that I have read on the subject of training a dog to track. The authors are very knowledgable and seem to present the material in a structured and logical fashion. I believe those interested in tracking titles will enjoy this much more than those of us who are intraested in search and rescue.

The bad: If the authors were to write a book on how to drive a car, they would probaby devote the first 4 chapters on how to build a vehicle from the groung up. My point is while the sections about scent theory are mildly interesting, I think they are a bit overblown and unnecessary. A much simpler discussion would have piqued the interest of the reader.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 18, 2004
I WOULD NOT recommend this book to serious trainers wanting to learn more about tracking. The main idea is very blurry and hard to grasp. THe author gives theories and not facts and not very good training for tracking dog. The author has confused the ideal of tracking and air scenting. Even though it says "S&R", this book has a poor approach to it. This book was published in 1982, so much has changed since now in tracking. I truly think this author wanted to make a book more than educate people about tracking.
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