What is Mantrailing?

It’s the greatest game of hide and seek for you and your dog!

  • A low impact dog sport that teaches dogs to find people by following their unique scent trail
  • It provides an outlet for dogs to sniff, hunt and chase in a controlled and constructive way, working their brain and giving them a mental workout
  • It is a super fun activity for both dog and handler (dogs get to tell you where to go! and you get to hide in all kinds of places waiting to be found!)
  • You work as a team and it helps you to build a great relationship with your dog
  • It helps to build/increase confidence and focus
  • It is a supportive community of like-minded people who love to spend time outdoors having fun
  • It is suitable for dogs of all ages, all sizes, with or without reliable recall, all abilities including those that are nervous, anxious or have reactivity issues
  • All dogs are worked individually and trails are tailored to their needs

Note:  Mantrailing is a fun sport for pet dogs.  We do not teach dog and handler teams to become operational search and rescue dogs.

Introduction Session

Your journey into the wonderful world of Mantrailing starts with an Introduction session which is approximately 3 – 4 hours long and you will complete three separate scent trails.

During this session you will learn about:

  • What Mantrailing is all about
  • Trailing safely or How to trail safely
  • A Little geeky theory and fun facts
  • Setting up and how to start
  • How to help your dog out
  • How to progress

only £65 / session

Please contact me to book a session

Progression Sessions

Only available once you have completed an introduction session.

Build on your learning from your introduction session. Whether you want to teach your dog a new skill, spend some quality time together, give them a mental (and physical) workout, or meet like minded people, Mantrailing is the sport for you.

from £25 / session

Our Cancellation Policy

Please ensure you read this carefully. By booking, you are agreeing to the cancellation policy.

  • Cancellations within 48hrs of the session are non-refundable
  • Cancellations within 14 days may be refunded if your place can be filled
  • Cancellations within 7 days of the session/event can be transferred to another date or be refunded if your place can be filled (Please note that sessions require a minimum of three people to be able to run)
  • Cancellations of 14+ days may be refunded or transferred to another date
  • All refunds are subject to a £5 admin charge (booking fees are non-refundable)
  • If you are booking within the 14-day cancellation window, or making a last-minute booking, no refunds are offered unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Mantrailing FAQ’s

To get started on your Mantrailing journey, you will first need to complete an Introduction to Mantrailing session with a qualified Mantrailing Global Instructor

Yes.  Dogs with struggles or those who are reactive are welcome in sessions.  All dogs are worked individually, one at a time and we can work around/with their struggles.

The great thing about Mantrailing is that it is inclusive and it can help to build confidence in dogs that are nervous or wary of things.

All we ask is that you are honest with us about all behaviour issues so that we can tailor the sessions to their needs (you will be required to provide this information at the time of booking)

You will need:

  • A Y-shaped harness (Avoid the no-pull ones)
  • A longline (between 5-10m in length)
  • Your usual collar and lead
  • Gloves (in case your dog is a strong puller)
  • Three food pots (sealable tuppaware)
  • A  high value food reward (we recommend something that is wet which can be licked, e.g. sardines, tuna, wet dog (or cat!) food, squeezy cheese, yoghurt and dog friendly peanut butter – it needs to be something that your dog will be motivated for and will go nuts for!) or their favourite toy if they are toy motivated
  • Normal dog treats
  • Water for the dog
  • Poo bags
  • Drinks and snacks for yourself
  • Suitable footwear (e.g. walking boots or sturdy trainers)
  • Suitable clothing (we trail in all kinds of weather!)

Yes, in between your trails, your dog will need to rest in the car.  This gives them some down time and allows them to process their learning.  You will also take part in other trails by being the missing person and you are also welcome to observe other teams trailing to help with your learning (N.B.  Some dogs won’t be comfortable with this so their needs will come first).

If your dog struggles to settle in the car you are more than welcome to bring along a friend or family member to stay with the dog in the car.

Cars are never left unattended.  There will always be at least one person that stays behind on vehicle and dog watch during our sessions.

Once you have completed your Introduction Session you are able to attend as many or as little Mantrailing Progression sessions.  Some people go regularly (one or twice a week, others once a month.  It is entirely up to you.