On May 7, 8 and 9, 2022, Conny and Brenda, together with buddy Ellen, were allowed to enjoy the beautiful mantrail work for Oger SARdogs for 3 days.
Mantrailing NL (MNL) was again the organizer of this Seminar and Tobias Ackermann was the trainer.
We broke with a tradition to do these 3 days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and moved it one day, so Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
That also gave a picture of a different type of day.
Mantrailing NL and Reddingshonden Groep Drenthe (RHGD) and Oger SARdogs; 3 groups from the Collaborating Rescue Dog Organizations platform.
The fact that these 3 groups work together so regularly and with great pleasure helps in the development of mantrail work. We believe that its value is still greatly underestimated.
Mantrail teams are still too little in the picture, especially for missing persons cases that require rapid action.
Share knowledge and information and receive do’s and dont’s from the trainer, evaluations, videos, etc.: it moves us all forward.
We only trained in urban areas for the entire Seminar. After all, in all other environments we have our area search dogs.
Tobias Ackermann is really a practical man who works for the police in Switzerland and that makes him such a great trainer for us.
He doesn’t shy away from telling you the truth every now and then and presenting you with challenging trails.
He is honest and very pro-dog and advocates that we as handlers, while working with the dog, are at the service of the dog.
After all, it has that wonderful sense of smell that we depend on so much.
Tobias is constantly asking you about your plan, what’s your next step.
And he always emphasizes that trailing in the city center is all about teamwork, especially with your dog, but of course also with your buddy and traffic controller.
Monique van MNL has already booked Tobias for May 2023.
It was such an incredibly nice and versatile day and we keep learning….. still…. every day!
Thanks to Oger SARdogs and its donors who make participation in this Seminar possible and thus further prepare the teams for the mantrail deployments in case of missing persons in urban areas.