Contact "Van Adelrik"

Lucie Vos & Greg Sipsma
Hoogveldlaan 31 - 7
6135 JD Sittard
Home tel: 0031 (0) 46 - 474 38 29
Cellphone Lucie: 0031 (0) 6 - 421 22 680
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Cellphone Greg: 0031 (0) 6 - 81 22 71 83
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Our next litter is planned for the summer of 2013. Arwen van Adelrik will be bred to a "still to be chosen" male.

If you are interested in a puppy out of our next litter, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Indian Van Adelrik:
Trackingdog at the Dienst Levende Have van de Nederlandse Politie

Friday Februari 23rd 2001, we had the opportunity to visit the police " MOUNTED AND CANINE DEPARTMENT " located in Nunspeet Holland, to see and experience the training of trackdogs at the Dutch Police. At this facility they also train policehorses. The contact was made because of the fact that one of our breedings, Indian van Adelrik , was there in training and we were very interested in how and what he was doing.

For us it would be very interesting to see how they would work with dogs; see the difference between sporttracking and reallife tracking. We also got the opportunity to see a demonstration of the so called "Scentidentificationtest".

The training of these dogs, the expected results are clearly different than what we do in Schutshund. Within dogsport we want to get as many points as possible at a trial. In reallife situations it is expected from a dog to find the perpetrator or at least follow his/her scenttrail.

Within Schutzhund we expect that the nose of the dog is as close to the ground as possible. What we saw this day is that the dogs hardly have the nose on the ground but a few centimeters above. This is by no means more difficult for the dog to track a scent. Another big difference is that in sport we want the dog to follow a corner perfectly. The trackingdogs from the police are allowed to make a mistake on a corner as long as the dog corrects himself and gets back on the trail he was following.

The speed of tracking can also differ. It was noticed very well that, dispite of the fact the speed was high during the tracking, a dog has got an outstanding sence of tracking a scent. The place where the police track is also different. In dogsport we usually are depended on farmers or other people with gras or dirt but, policedogs need to track anywhere, so the training is of course in everyday situations. This can be in the city, the woods but also on gras and dirt.

On Februari 23rd we went to the woods to train. The beginning of the track was marked (scentpad in dogsport) by hiding a little article. From that point on the tracklayer walked at a normal pass though the woods, paths and streets. During the tracklaying, articles were hidden on the way which the dog had to find. The dog is allowed to take the article he finds in his mouth, but is NEVER allowed to chew on it. This is to keep the article in the original state as found. After the track was laid there was a period of waiting. The length of this period was determined by how far the dog was in training or how experienced.

Interesting was to see that the training in the woods was at a place where constantly people, other dogs and animals, like horses, cars and bicycles crossed the track.

When starting tracking the dog is brought to the hidden first article. At this moment he directly has to indicate it. The dog is given enough time to smell the scent he has to follow. After that the dog has to follow the track where speed is no criteria. During the tracking the dog has to indicate the "lost" articles. It was very interesting to see that at one point an article wasn't on the same spot where the tracklayer put it. Proberbly somebody hit it or ran over it with a bicycle. The dog however stayed at that particular spot and kept on searching for the article which in the end he did find!

The reward for finding the articles is a small stainless steel pipe . It is given to him after the policeman has taken the article from the dog. This kind of reward is something that constantly comes back in the training of these dogs. There is nothing in the pipe and it can be used as a playingobject for the dog. Also finding the end of the track is rewarded with the small stainless steel pipe .
Like discribed in the above part this kind of tracking is totally different than Schutzhund tracking. For both disciplines we can conclude that it is unbelievable what a dog can do when it comes to following a scent. It was a great experience where we also had a chance to share thoughts on tracking. In the end the goal remains the same being that the dog has to follow a scent and has to do this in the best possible way. Where in Schutzhund in the end there are 100 points to earn, in everyday situations hopefully the perpetrator can be caught.

After a tour we also got a demonstration of the " SCENTIDENTIFICATIONTEST " also known as "trackdog human scent with identificationtask".