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This story is about 'honorary beagles' aka bloodhounds.

My son lives near a police dog training facility well known in this region. He rents a house next door to the place where these police officers are housed with their dogs while they are in training. The program lasts about 4 weeks, so he has new neighbors frequently from around the country, and enjoys meeting all the dogs and officers.

Earlier today, a group from Tennessee, asked my son to be a 'fugitive' for a group of bloodhounds to track inside the city limits. They asked him to climb in his truck and drive about about one mile away taking several turns and switchbacks. The only thing they had was his baseball cap.

He said it was amazing, but they found him; he had even hidden his truck inside the ambulance barn at the hospital he works at! He fell in love with the bloodhounds, said they were so friendly and gentle.....LOVE attention....but when it came time to work....they were ALL nose.

Every month, there are different breeds of dogs in training from various states. So far, his favorites have been the bloodhounds and their jolly dispositions.
 

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Great story - thanks of sharing! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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That's amazing!!

I didn't think bloodhounds could track a person once their feet were off the ground.

Your son is so lucky he can be involved in the training process. How interesting!!

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Well....all I notice is Charlie can pick up the scent of a dog a blcok away before they even come close to our house, he is all ready at the corner arrroooing loudly. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif He can't even see them through the fence.
The nose is really something. Is Beagle consider as a bloodhound?


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According to a segment I saw on the Animal Planet a beagle's nose is more sensitive than even a bloodhound's, but bloodhounds are used for tracking because they are not as easily distracted by other scents as are our beagles.

Bloodhound, btw, is a misnomer. They really don't track by the scent of a person's blood. The track the perspiration the person leaves in the air and the skin cells that flake off. They have been known to successfully track a person up to a week after the person has disappeared and several miles away even though the person traveled by car, as long as the car window was down so the scent was blown into the air.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Charlie mom:
The nose is really something. Is Beagle consider as a bloodhound?
Charliemom,
bloodhounds and beagles are both part of the 'scent hound' group of hounds

John,
Like Monica, I had no idea a bloodhound could track a person's scent if they were inside a car!! I found that totally amazing! Besides that, think of all the other scents in town, ie: hundreds of other vehicles, people, animals, garbage. My son also was able to follow the dogs during a different training exercise. He said that along the way, kids would run out to try and pet the dogs; they were always friendly and allowed the kids to touch them, but enjoyed getting right back to work.

I googled 'bloodhound' and read up on these interesting dogs. The scent hound nose is truly a miracle. (I wonder if Cheerio has ever used a bloodhound in her work?)

Sandy, I looked up the books you mentioned, and have added them to my list of 'must reads' on my next vacation. Thanks
 

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My brother is an officer down in Louisiana and he has a bloodhound named "Hunter" who is a tracking dog. He tracks runaways.

He is getting old and he still goes to work every day with my brother (Hunter is commisioned). He rode out the hurricane at the station with my brother.

You can't go near him without getting thick, ropy, slobby, mucousy drool on you.

He's a good boy.
 

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This is very interesting. I did not know they actually used bloodhounds for tracking. Your son is so nice to help out the police officers, not to mention I bet it is fun!
 

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Beagles being easily distracted? I hadn't noticed :rotflmao:
 
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