• The Texas Diaries: My Mantrailing Adventure

    Texas was nothing short of extraordinary. Attending Kevin Pirtle's Mantrailing Seminar was incredible and I have leaned invaluable skills. One of the standout aspects of the seminar was the emphasis on foundational training and the spirit of collaboration among participants. Discussions about canine behaviour and problem-solving on the trail were as enlightening as they were engaging. This diary highlights our day to day activities and the amazing people I met along the way.
  • Hot Tips for Hounds: Getting ready for Travelling and Training this Summer

    In this blog post, we'll explore some essential tips and advice for working and traveling with your dog in the heat, ensuring that both you and your K9 partner enjoy a safe and productive training calendar this summer. Heat stroke prevention for your dog, should be your top priority during any outdoor summer dog training.
  • Gone with the Wind: Scent and Air Movement in Mantrailing

    Mastering Mantrailing requires understanding how scent behaves in any environment in the presence of air movement. Remember, scent is not a static entity; it's a dynamic dance influenced by various factors. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of scent – the unseen hero of our Mantrailing adventures.
  • Unlocking Success: The Power of Rewards in Search and rescue (SAR) Dog Sports Training

    At Hounds and Helis, we understand that rewards are more than just treats or toys; they are the key to motivation for your furry teammate. Whether it's Air Scent, Mantrailing, SAR disciplines or Cadaver disciplines, the right rewards can make the training experience practical, fun, and incredibly rewarding for both you and your dog. The reward is they ‘why’ your dog trails. This month we're shining a spotlight on a crucial element of training - rewards.
  • What is Mantrailing and Why is it so Addictive?!

    Mantrailing is the fastest growing dog sport in Ireland right now. It's taking the country by storm and dog owners just can’t get enough. But if you’re new to the concept of Mantrailing, then this post is for you!