However, it is more than a tale of adventure; it is an exploration of trailing dogs. Ultimately though, it is the Red Dog Rising is the riveting true story of Jeff Schettler and his police K-9, Ronin, a bloodhound involved in hundreds of searches, including some of the most heinous child abduction cases in California in the s. Ultimately though, it is the story of a man and his slobbery, loyal and courageous companion.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Jul 09, Ashley rated it it was amazing. I was in awe by the woman we trained with.
Her calm demeanor, the mutual respect between her and her dog, and the dog's amazing training. I had to know more about the man behind this company. I loved the honesty in this book, how Jeff always blamed a mistake on himself and never the dog the sign of a great trainer IMO. I loved how he outlined the time, work and patience that went into Ronin's training. Each find story sucks you in and give a whole new perspective to the short news story you may have heard on TV.
This book gives you a glimpse into the big picture behind search and rescue. In many ways, instead of having a continuous trail, it is more like connecting a bunch of imperceptible dots that only the dog can recognize. I expected this to be the case on this day, but not so.
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Ronin seemed to have a continuous trail almost as if it were on grass. I didn't understand this very well back then, but now that I have a little experience under my belt, I see what happened very clearly. The female bank robber had just committed a crime that could put her away for much of her adult life. She had been chased down by a fearless citizen, had been separated from her male counterpart, was running for her life in a city that held few if any friends, and had the entire Alameda Police Department looking for her.
She had picked the wrong bank to rob, and now she was scared to death.
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It was this fear that provided the glue for her scent to stick to the pavement. I know now that fear scent is the ultimate trigger for canids hunting prey. It tells them that the prey is weakening and that the pursuit could be over very soon. It is the scent of fear that gives the wolf the last bit of energy necessary to culminate a long chase with a deadly lunge for the throat.
I believe that all domestic dogs feel this genetic memory at some point in their lives. Those that know it more often than others thrive on the feeling and grow powerful because of it Ronin was on a powerful scent that only he could detect. He ran this concrete trail with almost a righteous purpose, negotiating obstacles without hardly a glance.
I had to keep a tight lead out to about fifteen feet, though. It was a busy weekday morning and traffic was starting to heat up. Not only that, a lot of people were starting to simply stand and stare, and Ronin had to work through them. The beauty of a scent-discriminating dog that is on an actual scent trail is that he can work through all of these other human odors with little or no distraction.
A well-trained dog just ignores these humans unless they physically get in the way or do something to disturb him.
Join Jeff and Ronin through a mix of heart breaking, amusing, and seedy investigations and you'll experience justice from the end of the leash. This is a page-turner that you won't want to put down! See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Ronin was a modern police bloodhound who worked the streets of California hunting criminals and missing persons for 10 years. He was the first full-time municipal police bloodhound in the state of California. What can I write about my bloodhound, Ronin without giving away too much of the book?
That is really a good question. I have to write just enough to get you interested, I suppose. So let's see Well, Ronin was a Bloodhound and uncommon one at that. I got him at about 11 weeks of age from Susanville, CA, with the intention of training him to be a man hunter. The problem was, I had no idea what I was looking for and had no experience with bloodhounds.
So, perhaps, in a way, Ronin found me. We seemed to bond right off the bat and there was something about him that I knew was really special from the beginning.
I did not know it then, but he was going to change my life forever. Ronin was what is referred to as a "Red" bloodhound with black accents on the muzzle and around the eyes. Unlike many of his brethren, Ronin was relatively tight faced with shorter ears than normal. His skin was not quite as loose either. The breed standard for show dogs nowadays is a really baggy faced dog with drooping eyes, jowls, and skin that weighs in at about pounds.
In his hay day, Ronin weighed in at about Simply based on his appearance, Ronin would probably never win a dog show but that was never his job to begin with. He was a working dog and his lean, tight frame actually helped his career from a physical standpoint. History tells us that the Bloodhound is the ultimate nose vacuum for human scent and that they can often hunt down people who have been missing for many days. The line between the myths and the facts about Bloodhounds has always been a little fuzzy.
The simple truth is that the bloodhound was a dog bred for a purpose at one time and that purpose was to hunt animals and later humans.
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Along the way, the breed encountered the show ring and things began to change a bit. The working bloodhound was considered a tracking dog. This title has recently changed to what is known as "Trailing". Trailing is a descriptive word for the art of allowing a dog to follow human scent wherever human scent might be, on the ground or in the air. It can also be taken one step further by adding scent discrimination to the equation. Each and every animal, human or otherwise, produces a distinctive odor based on species and other sub-determining factors such as infirmity, relative age, sex, and certain individual identifying traits.
The amount of odor produced is dependant upon several primary factors, mental condition such as fear or anger, exertion, and relative health issues. Because of scent discrimination and the tenacity for the job, a good trailing bloodhound can be an incredible asset in any criminal or missing person investigation as long as it is used in accordance with its capabilities.
Ronin turned out to be one of those really good assets and was used on hundreds of real cases throughout California and later, other States as well. Ronin also turned out to be quite a celebrity and because of his work we often found ourselves on the evening news and, occasionally, even CNN. We worked some very interesting cases over the years, many of which I write about in Red Dog Rising. Turn the page and try one on for size! This program was designed to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives on the run. Jeff has worked hundreds of trailing cases across the USA and is a specialist in the areas of tactical tracking applications.
Jeff is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications and writes for various magazines. K9 Trailing; Tactical Tracker Teams Book 3 - A practical guide to surviving high risk fugitive manhunts Tao of Trailing - The Tao of Trailing is my fourth and final book on the art of trailing or tracking human scent with a police, search and rescue, or military K9. Show More. Table of Contents Chapter 1 - In the Beginning. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Best Dog Hikes Northern California.
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