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Explain how human scent is transmitted into the environment.
Leaves the body by way of body air currents which are caused by warmer air on the skin surface.
This current starts at the feet and runs up the body and plume from the top of the head.
1. Describe the ideal conditions for trailing.
Humid / Moist air and ground
1. Diagram and compare the terms tracking and trailing.
Explain why the Border Patrol uses the term trailing.
Mission - The trailing philosophy met service needs.
Terminology with foreign relations – Tracking was found to have a negative connotation and trailing did not.
Explain how to age a trail
The period of time from when the trail was starting to be laid to when the dog is started on the same trail.
1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a nylon long line?
If wrapped around a tree, dogs can pull line free
Picks up burrs and cactus needles
1. List what the trail layer is responsible for providing in the course of trailing training.
The appropriate amount of ground disturbance for the conditions and the dog’s level of training.
A proper start or scent pad.
An accurate age of each trail.
An accurate measurement of the total distance of the trail along with the length of each respective leg of the trail.
The exact location of the entire trail.
Properly formed and plotted turns in the trail.
An appropriate ending to the trail that provides an effective reward to the dog.
An accurate diagram or map of the trail for record and utilization while working the trail.
1. What is the principle rule of the trail layer?
“I will know the exact location of the trail at all times.”
1. List the methods utilized to comply with the principle rule.
1. What should a trail layer remember when using landmarks?
Don’t watch your feet
Never end or turn at a landmark
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