Trailing – Busting the Myths, with Jeff Schettler


Friday 04 May 2018, Worplesdon (near Guildford)

Mantrailing involves a handler-dog team following a given scent until the person is found. Hunting for a person can be tough, long and physically demanding, but also extremely rewarding.

This evening conference is aimed at beginner and advanced handlers in the Police, Search and Rescue or Military, as well as private handlers interested in the topic. It is part of Jeff and Alis Dobler’s mantrailing workshop with the practical element starting on the following day, and also open to others who want to gain a theoretical view or discuss the topic in some detail. Note that confirmed handlers won’t need to purchase a conference ticket separately.

Topics covered: basic trailing, the main training pillars for a trailing dog, distractions problem, proximity alert, the use of productive sources, the use of scent article. There will be some Q&A and Jeff may also show videos of his work.

Please read further details under ADDITIONAL INFORMATION below.

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Jeff Schettler is a retired police K9 handler who worked for the City of Alameda and County of Amador in California and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Teams’ K9 Assistance Program for two years. 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. Schettler is a certified military trainer graduating from the prestigious US Army’s Leadership Academy also known as Drill Sergeant School.

Jeff’s work has been seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, Unsolved Mysteries, and Mythbusters. He is considered an expert witness in tracking/ trailing. Jeff writes for K9 Cop Magazine and is the author of four books on K9 Tracking Work published by Alpine Publications:

  • Red Dog Rising – a K9 Tracking Autobiography
  • K9 Trailing: The Straightest Path Book 1– a primer on starting a K9 team on human scent discrimination and trailing work
  • K9 Trailing: Tactical Tracker Teams Book 3 – a practical guide to surviving high risk fugitive manhunts
  • The Tao of Trailing – Jeff’s fourth and final book on the art of trailing or tracking human scent with a police, search and rescue, or military K9.

All of Jeff’s books can be ordered from the GAK9 Store.

Additional information


6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please arrive from 6 p.m. for registration and networking. Jeff's talk starts at 7 p.m.


Merrist Wood College, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 3PE
Lecture Hall, Animal Management Centre
Note: the post code may lead you down the wrong road with some car satnav systems. Use 'Holly Lane' instead.
There is plenty of car parking on site and will be signposted on the day.

What to bring

Teas, coffee and some light snacks will be provided.
Bring a note book and pen if you wish to take notes. You may also want to bring some business cards for the networking part.
Please keep in mind that dogs cannot be brought to this event.


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