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I have something very important to say: Mantrailing! It’s the coolest thing ever, best activity for a dog like me. And I’m going to be a champion.

Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about? PLEASE, it’s time for you discover the magic and fun of Mantrailing.

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This is Henny Martinoni. He’s a dog guru. He’s the best at everything : clicker, obedience, search, mantrailing  etc…name it, he does it.

All dogs love him!

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These are his two champion dogs.

Naja, a very talented Malinois, she can do just about anything, she’s a real pro, a wonderful dog.

Bonnie is a Springer spaniel and full of pep and life. She’s a specialist in finding bedbugs among other stuff. (I know, weird).

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Bonnie at work. Can’t believe she can find such tiny little beasts. Impressive! FYI, no way will I ever do that job, I mean we’re talking about bugs here…

(Incidentally Veronica would never allow such an activity for me, it’s the insect thing.)

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Team Martinoni. Two happy working dogs.

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Henny and I go way back. When I was a pup Veronica took clicker lessons with him, tackling a few minor issues not worth mentioning here.

He’s MC’s friend, it was during a joint training session with Indya (Indya, my BFF) that we first met. Both Indya and I think he’s super cool.

He only works with Positive reinforcement, and he knows Eva; exactly, my Eva. (Eva Bodfäldt)

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Here we are, the Corinne gang or, as I like to call us, “The pro dogs” waiting patiently for Henny and the fun to start.

You might notice I’m not among them, that’s just because I prefer to keep a slight distance from my fellow “Pro dog” members. I’m just more comfortable this way.

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I think it’s Veronica’s fault, she’s Swedish, and it’s a known fact that Swedes are somewhat cold and avoid crowds.

During summers they like to live isolated in small, simple cabins. I mean just look at this Bergman fellow, those movies aren’t real fun.

Veronica can spend hours all alone in nature. What can I say; she’s Swedish!

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Of course little Leon is here. You’ll be happy to know we’ve reached an understanding. The “Let’s ignore each other” agreement.

I still find him irritating at times, but I have more important fish to fry. There’s a bunch of full-of-themselves newcomers that I find…well this is probably not the time or place…

Let’s move on.

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Beatrice and Mylo. I love Mylo!! He’s so cool, we hang out on Thursdays at big dog training. Beatrice always has a nice word for me. (Yeah, she has my back)

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Henny gives us a long explanation with complete instructions. The exercise consists of finding a hidden person, following said person’s scent.

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Let’s try this. Veronica receives a long tether that she attaches to my harness.

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My job is to find Corinne, first she shows me delicious treats. “When you find me, this is what you’ll receive”… mmmmm…chicken…yummy!

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Off she goes to hide, so far away I can’t even see where she is.

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After what seems like an eternity, I have to pick up her scent on the cloth.

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I follow the scent in the grass, this is easy!

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Further and further away until…Yes, I find Corinne hidden. Piece of cake! Veronica is very proud. She kept on saying:

“Wow, she’s so focused”. Like that’s some major achievement! You’ll be glad to know that I can be VERY focused…when I want to!

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All dogs are happy and have fun searching for the missing person. June with Corinne,

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Mylo with Beatrice

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and even little Ourai with Philippe, and he’s just a pup.

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To round up a perfect day, Bonnie showed us what a real search dog champion can achieve.

Henny asks someone to put a small coin on the ground. Bonnie sets off, happy to demonstrate her talent…

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…by rapidly finding the tiny coin on the ground. Can you believe that?? We were all very impressed, but then it’s normal, its Henny’s dog

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I love Henny, he’s the best. He told me I have great potentional!! You heard that? Henny Martinoni, himself, thinks I HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL!!

In other words I’m going to be a Mantrailing Champion!!

 

Thank you Henny, for your help, your precious advice with my Felicia through the years. Thank you for being a wonderful mentor at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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