INTBI Mantrailing Seminar 2024 with Kevin Pirtle 7-8th September 2024 10am - 6pm (Sport) (Dog handler)

INTBI Mantrailing Seminar 2024 with Kevin Pirtle 7-8th September 2024 10am - 6pm (Sport) (Dog handler)

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INTBI Mantrailing 2 Day Sport Seminar with Kevin Pirtle

Handler place €349


Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland


September 7-8th. Start time each day 10am, finish each day approx. 6pm

This workshop is geared towards those training a Mantrailing Dog for sport. All levels are welcome. Mix of urban and rural training locations!


10% discount on full payment before 1st July 2024


50% non-refundable deposit due by 1st July with the balance due on August 1st 2024.

Important: If for any reason you cancel your attendance, please note half of the course is non- refundable before July 1st and the balance will only be refunded if you find someone else to take your place. No refunds are available after July 1st 2024.


Participants must be over the age of 18

Kevin Pirtle is an INBTI (International Bloodhound Training Institute) Mantrailing Instructor and assessor). Kevin is an active operational Mantrailing Dog Handler with his local Search and Rescue team as well as a professional firefighter and paramedic.

Kevin is set to return for his second Sports Mantrailing Seminar in Ireland after his hugely successful 2023 Sports Seminar. This is a great opportunity to get to know The Kocher Method first hand! The Kocher Method is used internationally for Mantrailing SAR dogs.

What is Sport Mantrailing
Sports mantrailing is primarily a recreational or competitive activity. It is a hobby or sport, similar to activities like dog agility or obedience trials. The primary goal is to enjoy the process of training and working with your dog to follow a specific scent trail and locate a hidden person.

In the Sports Mantrailing Seminar, the emphasis is on training dogs and handlers to work effectively together in a controlled and safe environment. The training may include scent discrimination exercises and the development of search techniques, but will be less intense and specialized compared to SAR Mantrailing Seminar.

The main objective of the Sports Mantrailing Seminar is to have fun, strengthen the bond between the dog and handler, and up the skills of handler and dog. It is not used for or will prepare you and your dog for search and rescue missions.

Please note, the sports seminar may not be suitable for reactive dogs (it depends on the degree of their reactivity). The training areas will include both Urban, suburban and rural environments. Most areas will not be private and therefore we will not have exclusive access. Our goal is to run a safe and successful seminar but we cannot control a dog being exposed to something that may trigger them to react.

Handlers should be available the evening before the seminar start day for a 'meet and greet' with Kevin and Rosali. This will be a great opportunity for you to tell Kevin about your dog and what you would like to achieve over the two days. The two days of the seminar focus on practical skills, so it is important to meet Kevin the evening before to ask questions and for him to get to know you, your dogs mantrailing abilities and any specific goals you have.

Note: this seminar will be active and physically demanding. You do not need to be super fit but this is an outdoor activity. You will be pushed outside your comfort zone over the two days. Your dogs and your abilities will be tested.

Additionally: Due to recent and tragic events involving restricted breeds, it may be a requirement of our insurance and venue use, that restricted breeds will need to be muzzled. Please start this training now. We are happy to support you in anyway we can. Any dog with a bite history will also need to be muzzled.

Course cost includes

- Catering (for all attendees). 

*catering includes teas, coffees and sandwiches.

**We cannot cater for those with specific dietary requirements/allergies. A fridge will be available if you wish to bring another option.