I had to try to work on Eme and her trailing work around water before the weather changed. We built up to our first cross the river trail last week and she did great. The basic concept of trailing through shallow water was introduced in the weeks prior with short hot trails through up to 2 feet of rivers and streams. For her first swift water river cross our subject started on land and laid a trail to a point on the shore he entered the water, then fighting the tough current of the Delaware river swam across to Pennsylvania. Eme gave me perfect negatives down both shores and then made the decision to enter the water and “taste” her subjects scent across. Half way through she seemed a little confused especially once we hit the swifter water and began to drift out of his scent a little. The subject emerged and swam to us giving Eme the boost and connection she needed to understand how this moving water trail worked. Enjoy!
I compilation of video clips of Eme’s trail run on July 6th. Due to my surgery she hadn’t run a trail in over 3 weeks. This was run blind (meaning i had no idea where the trail went, but my flanker did who set it up) and was a bit over an hour old. Go to the link to see a map and more information about this trail.
The LKP (last known point) was the front door of the house when the angry teen fled after getting into a fight with his parents. The video is pretty shaky and not always focusing on me but you can catch her body language, her nose on the ground except in certain parts of the feild where the wind was blowing it and she had her nose up a bit more, you can also see her perfect 90 degree turn to the left following his exact path. Towards 3 minutes you will also see her throw her head left, and then a second after i do as well, she was giving me a proximity alert. In other words she was using a little of her airscent training without even really knowing it showing me the direction of the subject, you will see us go up the hill and then back down still following his exact trail, but as her handler i have a good idea of the location of the subject now. At the very end you will see that even with a huge scent pool (the subject was out there the whole hour waiting and Eme has passed several of her airscent certification tests) and a visual on the subject she still trails right up to his foot.
What a good girl Eme!