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Bloodspoor and Trailing Dogs

High Quality Trained Bloodspoor and Trailing Dogs

We offer high quality, well trained and rounded Bloodspoor and Trailing Dogs for sale.


Blood Dog is another name for a dog that performs a scent trailing function. It uses the same discipline to find wounded animals or track human beings.


Trailing Dogs can be classified as either Air-Scenting dogs and Tracking dogs. Trailing is frequently confused with tracking. The two terms are often used interchangeably. Tracking is based on visual, visible tracks or spoor.


In the wilderness Tracking andTrailing dogs can be deployed from the animal’s or human’s last known point. Air-scenting and scent discrimination abilities are all helpful sniffing methods.

Trailing Dogs

Trailing dogs follow scent. The dog focuses on detecting fallen skin flakes (skin cells). The use of Blood Spoor Dogs is a valuable component in wilderness trailing and human tracking. The dog will keep the head low to the ground or higher depending on how old the scent is and the weather conditions.


Blood Trailing Dogs detect animal and human scent which may include skin rafts (scent-carrying skin cell), evaporated perspiration or respiratory gases. Trailing is taught by training a dog to follow a particular scent pattern wherever it might be, on the ground or in the air.


If the dog is following a scent trail on the ground and suddenly detects the same odor on the wind coming from a direction where the suspect animal or human is located, the dog will follow the air scent and deviate from the ground track.


A Trailing Dog is scent specific and will work on lead. Trailing Dogs will venture off the actual path that a subject took should a scent pool be discovered, as they are following a specific scent and working through all other scents to get to the source. Blood Spoor Trailing Dogs rely on the scent of the specific subject.

Tracking Dogs

Tracking dogs follow footprints. The dog carries his nose close to the ground to track any scents left behind. The dog mainly focuses on following foot steps by detecting the scent of broken vegetation.


Scent Discriminating Dogs have the ability to alert only on the scent of an individual animal or person, after being given a scent sample. Considering that ground scenting dogs focus on foot steps and the effect of the weight of the person causing ground disturbances and crushed grass.


Tracking Dogs will typically work on lead and will mostly have their nose to the track following ground disturbance. A good Tracking Dog will be able to work through a variety of terrain as well as successfully maneuver turns and double backs.

Key essential characteristics of a Bloodspoor Dog

Drive can’t be taught and is probably the most important feature of a tracking dog. To teach a dog to track a wounded animal involves a lot of planning, testing, work and time. Drive is the dog’s desire to follow a track or trail of a scent and therefore makes the dog want to succeed and please you.


Intelligence – Tracking a wounded animal is like a puzzle the dog is required to solve. The dog needs the ability to learn and absorb what he has learnt and then apply it to the situation. It focuses on the problem and works it out without the handler’s help.


Exceptional scent ability. Most dogs can trail a lung-shot animal spraying blood. Only dogs with the exceptional ability to smell will be able to track an animal shot days before or that left no blood trail. The animal’s scent is absorbed into the blood and scent is the focus of training. The dog’s nose is the key to all of his training. It has to be taught to perform the tracking discipline on command.


Perseverance, focus and stamina and the ability and personality to get down and dirty when the situation calls for it, irrespective if the trail leads into a wetland, thorn bushes or rocky cliffs. The dog will not quit until the handler calls him off.


Socializing skills and personality. Trailing Dogs need to be well socialized. They need to be exposed to other people on the track and at the hunting camp. The reward for a successful find is the dead animal itself. Obedience training is vital and commands such as “heel – sit – stay – wag – leave it – los – search – soek” should be taught using positive reinforcement such as treats and praise.