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So nice to have a break in the run of rain ☔ trails we've had recently and have some trailing in sunshine and still air....
05/01/2024

So nice to have a break in the run of rain ☔ trails we've had recently and have some trailing in sunshine and still air.
With the wet foliage holding scent, conditions were great for our Friday morning trailers, and we worked on novel scent article starts.

Some really accurate trails to the direction of travel highlighted how much wind and weather affects how our dogs trails - as we had been seeing a lot of wide trails in the windier weather all this week.

Well done, Team Dora, Team Benji, Team Arri, Team Laika, Team Bryn, Team Meela, Team Shadow!

A great night with some industrial estate trailing! Some teams got to practice discriminating between new and old trails...
03/01/2024

A great night with some industrial estate trailing!

Some teams got to practice discriminating between new and old trails, as well as beginning some aged trails. We considered line control near roads and other hazards, and how that affects our dogs' decision making when trailing, with some very thoughtful conversation on this topic from our teams!

Well done, Team Charlie, Team Rocksea, Team Hallie, Team Ivy, Team Fido, Team Tilly!

**INTRODUCTION FULL! - FEB DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY**🚨We have had 1 space become available on our January introduct...
30/12/2023

**INTRODUCTION FULL! - FEB DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY**

🚨We have had 1 space become available on our January introduction workshop!
21st January
9:30am -1pm
Llanwonno, Pontypridd

These spaces are sought after and don't hang around long - snap it up here!

https://bookwhen.com/mantrailingukrct/e/ev-sd2y-20240121093000

Some very wet, changeable weather for our Friday morning trails, and the last session of 2023! We worked on improving ou...
29/12/2023

Some very wet, changeable weather for our Friday morning trails, and the last session of 2023!
We worked on improving our trail layers skills - as the trail layer plays a vital role in how our dogs learn - so we spent time considering when and where we reward the dog, as well as building confidence with some of our younger/newer trailers.

Well done, Team Bonnie, Team Kestrel, Team DeeDee, Team Hunter, Team Raven, Team Ivy!

Split trails were the order of the evening for our teams! We worked on ensuring our dogs were following specific human s...
27/12/2023

Split trails were the order of the evening for our teams! We worked on ensuring our dogs were following specific human scent as opposed to any human scent in the environment.

This is an exercise that is often a bit of a learning curve for dogs and handlers, and can highlight weak points in training so progress plans can be put in place.

The dogs all worked hard and learned a lot - it was interesting seeing dogs work the hard surfaces in blustery weather, utilising the buildings so effectively.

Well done, Team Charlie, Team Larion, Team Fido, Team Ace, Team Ivy and Team Rocksea!

We had so much fun on our Christmas Day trails ❤️.  The forest was quiet and undisturbed, and the moist  conditions grea...
25/12/2023

We had so much fun on our Christmas Day trails ❤️. The forest was quiet and undisturbed, and the moist conditions great for trailing. Newer teams progressed to different starts and absolutely smashed them, and we challenged our teams getting ready for their level 1s and 2s with some more complex, off piste trailing. 🌳

The Gazebo (thanks Afan Adventure Dog !) Kept our snacks, tea and (non alcoholic)mulled wine dry! 🍷☕ 🥧🍰🍪

Well done, and thank you all for the great company - Team Caoimhe, Team Luna, Team Harley, Team Erin, Team Spud, Team Zeke, Team Rosie, Team Fynn, Team Nemo and Team Bertie!

We had an awesome morning trailing in the woods! This is always a challenging location - the sloping aspect means that s...
22/12/2023

We had an awesome morning trailing in the woods!

This is always a challenging location - the sloping aspect means that scent often rolls downhill, and a stiff, cold breeze exacerbated this today!

There's also always lots of contamination and distraction - which the dogs coped fantastically with!

Well done, Team Scooby (we missed your photo!) , Team Mazey, Team Crosby, Team Sunny D, Team Benji and Team Arri!

Our town centre location was full of distractions galore as things start to heat up towards Christmas 🎄🌟🌌We also have a ...
20/12/2023

Our town centre location was full of distractions galore as things start to heat up towards Christmas 🎄🌟🌌

We also have a large amount of waterfowl distraction in this location, as there is a public park with a moat (and castle!)

The dogs worked on trailing near roads, and we considered how the scent is moved by vehicles passing - we saw dogs overshoot the trail layer before circling back through following dragged scent, and dogs follow blown scent in the wrong direction for a while before turning back when the scent became too thinly spread - some dogs worked this independently and others needed some help to do this.

Nice seeing more reserved dogs really coming out of their shells and grow in confidence recently too.

Well done, Team Rocksea, Team Quest, Team Llew, Team Fido, Team Fred, Team Ace!

A complete contrast to this mornings' session in the mist and mountain, to an urban skate park and leisure complex! The ...
19/12/2023

A complete contrast to this mornings' session in the mist and mountain, to an urban skate park and leisure complex!

The dogs worked on taking scent from a novel object- in this case a bench the trail layer had sat on, taking scent from different heights, and working through the distractions of a football ⚽ match being played!

The dogs did amazingly - it was especially brilliant to see Layla, who is mostly blind now, utilise her knowledge of Mantrailing to easily solve these puzzles.

Well done, Team Layla, Team Quest, Team Sula, Team Laika, Team Hero!

A very enjoyable morning in the misty Brecon Beacons! Really favourable trailing conditions meant the dogs worked excell...
19/12/2023

A very enjoyable morning in the misty Brecon Beacons!

Really favourable trailing conditions meant the dogs worked excellently today! We worked on door indications, and trailing on sloping terrain, considering what this may do to scent dispersal.

Well done, Team Deedee, Team Ruby, Team Bonnie, Team Zeke, Team Hobo!

17/12/2023

We had an absolutely brilliant time trailing around St Donats' Castle 🏰 at our joint 🎄 Christmas 🎄 event with Afan Adventure Dog .

The castle provided opportunity for high finds ⬆️, low finds ⬇️, and air flow puzzles as the wind whistles through the narrow windows, portcullises and through cobbles hallways onto sprawling lawns.

The dogs had to work hard to earn their rewards 🍪⚾, and the human part of the teams also enjoyed some seasonal treats - some (non alcoholic) mulled wine 🍷 , some mince pies 🥧, and a gingerbread man (or two!)

Well done and thanks for the awesome company, Team Arri, Team Harley, Team Dora, Team Mazey, Team Meela, Team Gracie, Team Tilly, Team Erin!

Some early evening trailing on an industrial estate! We worked on some individual projects for each team,.ranging from b...
16/12/2023

Some early evening trailing on an industrial estate! We worked on some individual projects for each team,.ranging from being more aware of handler positioning behind the dog so as to allow the dog to work independently, experimenting with new reward systems, and building tolerance to frustration on longer trails.

We had some really interesting trailing this evening,.and I'm impressed how.well all of these teams are coming along!

Well done, Team Llew, Team Quest, Team Fynn, Team Bee, Team Namche!

Friday's teams worked a busy urban area, looking at their walking indications (trail layer is still in motion when the d...
15/12/2023

Friday's teams worked a busy urban area, looking at their walking indications (trail layer is still in motion when the dogs' find them.)

These teams had been introduced to the concept of a walking trail layer a few weeks ago, and learned to incorporate the idea that their target can still be moving when they get to them .
This is often a bit of learning curve for the dogs, and we were really pleased to see that they had all retained the lesson and found the concept much easier to grasp this time around. Regular training yields results! 😊.

Well done, Team Arri, Team Fido, Team Vinnie, Team Meela, Team Rolo!

A great evening trailing in a bustling town, with distractions ranging from regular 🚶‍♀️🐕🌭to less regular 🧛🐺🕺! We worked...
13/12/2023

A great evening trailing in a bustling town, with distractions ranging from regular 🚶‍♀️🐕🌭
to less regular 🧛🐺🕺!

We worked the dogs on road crossings and working around food outlets today - concentrating on the way scent moves around both of these features, and the way our dogs use the environment to solve the scent puzzle. We also made some good progress on some individual projects, including tidying starts, tightening indications and reducing accidental influence on a sensitive dog!

Well done, Team Tris, Team Storm, Team Tomi, Team Bran, Team Benji!

Some good work tonight!

This evening's teams were working around some really challenging distractions 🎡🎪, and absolutely aced it! We've changed ...
12/12/2023

This evening's teams were working around some really challenging distractions 🎡🎪, and absolutely aced it!
We've changed up reward style for some of these teams, and it's really paying dividends..

As usual, we were looking closely at making sure our trail starts are nice and neat, by watching the handlers' body language and the influence it can have on the dog.

Well done, Team Otto, Team Sula, Team Layla, Team Llew, Team Lachlan!

A fun morning with our Tuesday AM teams, looking at cleaning up our starts to ensure best learning and confident, indepe...
12/12/2023

A fun morning with our Tuesday AM teams, looking at cleaning up our starts to ensure best learning and confident, independent decision making for our dogs.

We also worked around some distractions and contamination, with winding trails through the woods.

Well done, Team Loki, Team Deedee, Team Woody, Team Raven, Team Bonnie, Team Zeke, Team Kestrel!

8 hardy and determined teams braved the rain in the Welsh Valleys this morning to get some trailing practice in! We disc...
10/12/2023

8 hardy and determined teams braved the rain in the Welsh Valleys this morning to get some trailing practice in!
We discussed and then watched the way that heavy rain and water flowing on the ground moves and affects scent. Our dogs, most of whom were breeds specifically created to hunt (or at least work) in wet conditions, coped fantastically - and we saw super trailing from every team.

Braving the weather to satisfy our dogs' innate desires to hunt with us (even if it is for a human with their fave snack or ball 😉) means we have 8 satisfied doggies tonight 😊.

Well done intrepid teams: Team Ruby, Team Bonnie, Team Benji, Team Larion, Team Tilly, Team Deedee, Team Laika, Team Charlie!

This morning's session was pretty windy, which made for some really interesting trailing from the dogs. It can be tough ...
08/12/2023

This morning's session was pretty windy, which made for some really interesting trailing from the dogs.

It can be tough as a handler to follow your dog when trailing, even when you think they're going the "wrong" way - but days like today remind us that we actually don't know where the scent from a laid trail settles and blows, and that the dogs (once they understand the game of Mantrailing!) Are far better equipped than us to work out complex scent puzzles than we are - it is after all, what they do naturally!

A quote that has always stuck with me in regards to mantrailing, is 'Train your dog, then trust your dog," and today really drilled this home, as the dogs proved time and time again that they knew exactly what they were doing - even when the humans weren't so sure!

A lot learned about our dogs today, and a lot to ponder over and grow from too.

Well done, Team Arri, Team Rolo, Team Meela, Team Monty, Team Chester, Team Tilly!

The teams this evening worked on navigating built up areas, particularly using buildings to follow caught scent, and loo...
06/12/2023

The teams this evening worked on navigating built up areas, particularly using buildings to follow caught scent, and looking particularly at the way each dog gives negatives at junctions.

The weather was a little tricky at times, but the teams all worked hard, and we had some productive trails!

Well done, Team Otto, Team Tris, Team Vinnie, Team Tilly, Team Gus!

This evenings' teams worked on some urban trailing! A very quiet business park after everyone has gone home gave us a gr...
05/12/2023

This evenings' teams worked on some urban trailing! A very quiet business park after everyone has gone home gave us a great space to practice working through surface changes, and working built areas.

Well done, Team Fred, Team Chester, Team Quest and Team Laika!

A superb morning practicing some off piste trailing! The conditions were chilly, but excellent for scent - which meant t...
05/12/2023

A superb morning practicing some off piste trailing! The conditions were chilly, but excellent for scent - which meant that our teams had some really great successes today.

We worked specifically on ensuring the dogs were comfortable with following trails off known paths - something some dogs can find tricky!

Well done, Team Deedee, Team Ruby, Team Cadi, Team Bonnie, Team Oli!

We all got a little bit soggy on our Sunday morning session today! The dogs made great use of scent cling to buildings, ...
03/12/2023

We all got a little bit soggy on our Sunday morning session today! The dogs made great use of scent cling to buildings, as much of the ground scent was being rapidly washed away.

The teams worked on some line-work, specifically letting line out, and trailing on a shorter line when necessary for safety, and how this impacts our dogs, and how we need to adjust our own body language in order to not guide our dogs excessively.

Impressive trailing today - Well done, Team Bonnie, Team Taran, Team Max, Team Vinnie, Team DeeDee, Team Stig, Team Gryff, Team Fido (dressed as an Xmas pudding 🌲)

We were happy to be hosted by Alistair Kirk's Canine Academy  in Tumble, near Llanelli today for their first introductio...
02/12/2023

We were happy to be hosted by Alistair Kirk's Canine Academy in Tumble, near Llanelli today for their first introduction workshop!
We had some awesome, super motivated dogs who really took quickly to the game, and are going to make awesome trailers!

Well done, Team Cj, Team Hero, Team Barney, Team Noelle, Team Hannay, Team Brac! 🐕

We are hoping to be back in the Llanelli area once a month to help progress these teams, as well as welcome new teams to the sport! 👀

A cold start for today's team with frost on the ground and even some Ice on the lake. We focused on our trail layers hid...
01/12/2023

A cold start for today's team with frost on the ground and even some Ice on the lake. We focused on our trail layers hiding in plain sight, utilising the benches dotted around this popular spot. The teams worked really well with all teams making some fantastic progress.

Well done team Tilly, team Monty, team Rolo, team Dieo, team Tilly and team Scooby.

Trailing at one of my (Rhi) favourite local trailing spots this evening! A multi level train station gives us so many pu...
29/11/2023

Trailing at one of my (Rhi) favourite local trailing spots this evening!

A multi level train station gives us so many puzzles to play with - Moving scent carried by trains pulling through the station, a subway and a bridge, and contamination from passengers embarking and disembarking.
To top it off, there's also a park, and some residential streets nearby meaning that we are spoiled for choice!

This evening, we had 5 experienced teams with us, so we worked on high finds and working scent on multi levels.

Well done Team Tris, Team Otto, Team Benji, Team Bran and Team Teasel!

City centre trailing! And all the distractions it brings!🚶🧑‍🦽🚔🐀🌭We had a small group this evening so we're able to conce...
28/11/2023

City centre trailing! And all the distractions it brings!🚶🧑‍🦽🚔🐀🌭

We had a small group this evening so we're able to concentrate on some longer urban trails with multiple junctions, as well as taking scent from a novel object - in this case a coffee cup that the trail layer had been handling/drinking from.

This environment is NEVER easy, and it was a real testament to the effort that these teams have put in over the last year as to how well they coped.

Well done, Team Fido, Team Faye, Team Rocksea, Team Oli, Team Chester.

Lots of distractions for today's teams as they worked their way through a beautiful but busy woodland. We worked on our ...
28/11/2023

Lots of distractions for today's teams as they worked their way through a beautiful but busy woodland. We worked on our indications with teams also having to find walking trail layers.

Well done team Bonnie, team Vinnie, team Laika, team Dee Dee, team Arri and team Zeke

👀STANDBY: JANUARY DATES ARE COMING!Our January dates will go LIVE on SUN Dec 3rd at 7pm! ⏰Set your alarm, spaces don't h...
27/11/2023

👀STANDBY: JANUARY DATES ARE COMING!

Our January dates will go LIVE on SUN Dec 3rd at 7pm! ⏰

Set your alarm, spaces don't hang around!

Perfect trailing conditions for our teams today, with lots of ground moisture and little to no wind! Some of our teams w...
26/11/2023

Perfect trailing conditions for our teams today, with lots of ground moisture and little to no wind!

Some of our teams worked on taking scent from novel objects, where other teams worked on progressing different types of start, and reading body language at junctions.

Some excellent work from Team Bonnie, Team Fido, Team Deio, Team Larion, Team DeeDee, Team Rocksea, Team Namche and Team Tilly!

Our scent isn't just left on the things we wear, it can also stick to other things that we come into contact with. Frida...
24/11/2023

Our scent isn't just left on the things we wear, it can also stick to other things that we come into contact with. Fridays teams worked on taking scent from benches that had been sat on by our trail layers before they went off to disappear into the wider environment.

Well done team Meela, team Rolo, team Max, team Woody, team Chester, team Mazey and team Oli.

Our venue tonight is always REALLY interesting - even if a bit stinky! We were trailing near a gelatin rendering plant, ...
22/11/2023

Our venue tonight is always REALLY interesting - even if a bit stinky!
We were trailing near a gelatin rendering plant, which sometimes discharges a rather unpleasant smell - which is obviously of interest to the dogs! It also saturated the airscent, meaning it is quite a unique and challenging experience for our teams. They all did well, and it was a good night for observing and learning about body language.

We also worked on setting walking indications up well, and introducing some of our newer teams to the concept of finding a trail layer who is still in motion.
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Nowadays I like to introduce this concept fairly early on into a teams' development, as I (Rhi) have learned over the years that dogs are much more flexible with their thinking and problem solving within mantrailing the earlier we show them different pictures of how a trail layer can be presented, than waiting until they are more "advanced", and have potentially formed a rigid view of how their target behaves. 🤔

This extent to which this occurs obviously depends on the individual dogs' learning style, but it is certainly something to be mindful of!

As usual, we had lots of fun and chat back at the vehicles as well.

Well done a thanks for a lovely evening, Team Merlin, Team Zeke, Team Otto, Team Faye, Team Hallie, Team Fred!

The second session for Tuesday couldn't have been further from the first as we moved from quiet countryside to a busy in...
22/11/2023

The second session for Tuesday couldn't have been further from the first as we moved from quiet countryside to a busy industrial estate. We focused on split trails and split starts to help the dogs understand that we are looking for a specific human scent.

Well done team Llew, team Namche, team Bella, team Quest, team Ace and team Delphi

Lots of motivation and enthusiasm from today's teams as they navigated through the bracken to find their trail layers. W...
21/11/2023

Lots of motivation and enthusiasm from today's teams as they navigated through the bracken to find their trail layers. We discussed the importance of the scent inventory at the start of the trail and how the trail layer is an important part of the dogs indication training at the end of the trail.

Well done team Deedee, team Carter, team Nemo, team Bonnie, team Laika and team Sylvie

While Chris has been busy at home in South Wales,  I(Rhi)  have been out in Canada, teaching Canadian instructors and th...
18/11/2023

While Chris has been busy at home in South Wales, I(Rhi) have been out in Canada, teaching Canadian instructors and their dogs all about the awesome (and addictive!) Sport of Mantrailing 🇨🇦.

It's been a busy year for me, teaching people and dogs in 🇦🇺 🇮🇪 🇨🇦 🇬🇧.

The most amazing thing about visiting all these different places is getting to learn so much about so many different types of dog and handler teams, that I can bring back home to improve my own skills, and the skills of our trailers back home!

Not even the wind and rain could dampen the spirits in today's session as we introduced 7 new teams to mantrailing. The ...
18/11/2023

Not even the wind and rain could dampen the spirits in today's session as we introduced 7 new teams to mantrailing. The teams worked really well in poor conditions to find their trail layers and by the end of the session all the dogs were progressing nicely throughout the session.

A big welcome to team Bella, team Ruby, team Deio, team Axel, team Hunter, team Quest and team Kilo, well done all we looking forward to seeing you out again soon!

People ✅Dogs ✅Balls✅Bikes ✅Horses ✅ Vehicles ✅Squirrels ✅Birds ✅When there are this many distractions around it's time t...
17/11/2023

People ✅
Dogs ✅
Balls✅
Bikes ✅
Horses ✅
Vehicles ✅
Squirrels ✅
Birds ✅

When there are this many distractions around it's time to dial back the complexity of the trail and starts and get to work on our foundations. By adjusting the start and the complexity of the trails to the abilities of each team we can keep that motivation and confidence growing.

Some fantastic trailing from today's teams who worked so hard in a challenging environment. Well done team Bran, team Bryn, team Rolo, team Cadi, team Tris and team Benji.

Thursday's teams worked on their starts at a busy industrial estate location. Our starts are the most important part of ...
16/11/2023

Thursday's teams worked on their starts at a busy industrial estate location. Our starts are the most important part of the trail, as teams advance there will be times when they do not know the direction of the trail so it is important that we prepare the teams for this early on.

Well done team Llew, team Theo and team Tilly

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