Kat Albrecht is the acknowledged expert on training dogs to find lost pets - "dog detectives." As the founder of the Missing Pet Partnership and Pet Hunters International, she has devoted years to developing proven methods to train dogs to work as cat-detection dogs and trailing dogs to search for a wide variety of companion animals. The book presents detailed, step by step, reward-based training methods as well as information on how to assess a dog's potential to be a dog detective and what you need to know as a prospective handler. Whether you desire to perform this service professionally or as a hobby, you can help people suffering from the trauma associated with a lost pet.
You will learn
What breeds and temperament types make the best Dog Detectives.
How to test your dog's suitability for this work.
How to predict lost pet behavior and use forensics to conduct searches.
How to train your dog using these proven, step-by-step methods.
How you can become a volunteer or professional Pet Detective.
Canine experts endorse Dog Detectives
Give your dog a job! This valuable book will enable you to offer a viable, effective new service for pet owners. Make your dog a hometown hero!
Marty Becker, DVM, best-selling author, Chicken Soup series, TV veterinary expert, columnist
Wild applause for Kat Albrecht's work in establishing and promoting the emerging field of lost pet recovery. With this book others can learn her positive training techniques and benefit from her vast knowledge.
Pat Miller, Author of Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog
This ground-breaking book is clearly laid out and addresses all questions anyone hoping to train their dog to recover lost pets is likely to have. Blending time-honored search and trailing techniques with her own innovations, Kat has come up with a very user-friendly training system.
Steve White, Retired police K-9 officer, author of How Police K-9 Techniques Can Transform Your Everyday Training DVD
Kat Albrecht, author of Lost Pet Chronicles, is a former police Bloodhound handler, search-and-rescue manager, and police officer-turned-pet detective. Since 1989 she and her search dogs have successfully located criminals, physical evidence, missing persons, and missing pets for both police agencies and private clients. Kat has been featured in Reader's Digest and Ladies Home Journal as well as programs on Animal Planet. She is the founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a non-profit that manages the first-ever pet detective academy. Kat lives in Clovis, California with her three dogs and three cats.
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What reviewers are saying...
Former police detective Kat Albrecht initially trained sniffing dogs to assist in tracking suspects, finding lost people, and finding cadavers. In 1997 Albrecht discovered that her dogs could also help to find lost pets. After an occupationally related disability prematurely ended Albrecht's police career, she became a fulltime pet detective. Of her first 99 searches, 68 discovered the missing animal or the fate of the animal. Eventually Albrecht founded an organization called Missing Pet Partnership to promote and teach the use of dogs to find lost pets, following the "Missing Animal Response" techniques she has developed. Her initial template was the protocol for training the Search And Rescue dogs deployed to find missing persons. Albrecht then adapated the SAR approach to the peculiarities of finding lost animals, whose behavior varies considerably from human behavior. Albrecht trains dogs according to three protocols: Cat Detection, Trailing, and Dual Purpose. These use two different approaches, the area search and tracking. Area searches are typically used either to find an animal who was last seen near home and is probably still nearby, or to find an animal who has been tracked to a specific location such as a park or warehouse, after which the tracking dog can no longer isolate the scent. Area searches are the primary method used to find cats. Tracking is used to find animals whom are believed to have taken a specific direction, for example a dog who panicked during a fireworks display. Relatively few dogs who excel at area-searching are also good tracking dogs. Most MAR dog handlers will need to train different dogs in order to be able to do both kinds of work--and both are often required as part of a single animal recovery. Some dogs can be trained to do both jobs, but Albrecht tends to discourage the idea of trying to produce Dual Purpose dogs unless the dogs themselves demonstrate dual aptitude, partly because different kinds of training tend to produce dogs who may be respectable generalists, but are not as good at either area searching or tracking as specialists. A dedicated handler could produce skilled MAR dogs just by following Albrecht's directions--but Albrecht's methods are also quite rigorous, and require frequent practice. Training and using MAR dogs is not work done casually. Neither is any dog suited to MAR training, though Albrecht notes that dogs of the right personality come in range of breeds and sizes. Albrecht would like every community to have a trained MAR dog team on call. How many MAR dogs any given community could support is open to question, since MAR work is not lucrative, if compensated at all. However, almost every shelter director and animal control officer encounters frequent situations in which a MAR team could help." Merritt Clifton
NORTH SHORE NEWS
When Kat Albrecht's dog escaped from the yard she called a friend for help. Albrecht's missing dog, AJ, was found by a talented tracker, which was somewhat ironic because AJ was himself a trained tracker who worked with police officer Albrecht on a daily basis. This incident prompted her to ask the question, If we train dogs to find missing people, why not train them to find missing pets? From that thought came the pet detective idea. Albrecht went on to establish a training procedure and set up courses to teach others who were interested in learning how to work with their dogs to be able to help locate missing pets. Drawing on her years of police work experience, she recognized that what was needed was a complete system. The book is divided into three parts, beginning with an overview of missing animal response work, then the three main search disciplines (scent, lost pet behavior, and the science of searching), and finally training plans and case studies. Albrecht's techniques apply to finding pets other than cats and dogs. Once a dog has been taught to scent discriminate and follow the scent trail, they can then use those skills to track other animals such as horses, llamas, and ferrets. There are many useful diagrams and plenty of black and white photographs throughout the book. Even if you only peruse this training as a challenge for your pet, there will be plenty of rewards, and along the way you may help someone who has lost a beloved companion. Terry Peters