Video: Holly the Bloodhound Tracks Her Target

Can Holly the bloodhound zero in on the exact seat where her target sat, long after the ball game is over?

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  • Ellen Hale


    If you watch closely, when Holly and Larry get to the bottom of the steps that they need to go up in order to get to the correct seat, Larry says “come on, get to work”(1), at which point (if you watch his left elbow closely) he pulls the line back and to the left (2) and then Holly turns and goes up the steps. When Holly gets to the isle she needs to go across in order to get to the correct seat, Larry says “get to work, where did he go, let’s go” (3) and then he pushes her line in the direction of seat ten or the correct seat (4). However, Holly overshot the turn and went down a few steps and to the right or away from seat ten at which point Larry said, “easy” (5). Then he said, “here Holly find the man” (6) as he appeared to guide her with the line back up the steps (7).

    When Holly finally does go down the correct isle Larry is out of view so we can not see if she turned on her own or not. However, when she gets to the correct seat, Larry says “check” (8) and very clearly prevents her from continuing on by pulling back on the line at least twice (9, 10). If one watches closely, it appears as though there are two more subtler times he does it as well (11, 12).

    In order to believe that Larry truthfully does not know where the person sat, we would also have to believe that the twelve observations listed above are all coincidences.

    Personally, I think that is too many,

  • Dee

    Clearly the handler knew the location prior. Even I knew where it was by watching him cue the canine.

  • Sue Ann Moor

    Clearly to me the dog indicated before Larry said a word to her. by a tail wag. Learning to read a dog is very difficult. I work a bloodhound and have seen many bloodhounds work. The most important thing in working is knowing your dog soooo well you know what every slight head turn, nose position,tail position, every move the dogs body makes are telling you a story. I saw the tugs on the lead also, I do this often to correct my dog from gettting off the task at hand, the haunches of the dog indicate that me she was off for a moment. could have been a little piece of french fry, you have to correct at that very moment, give a command of some type “get to work”, whatever your command is.
    There were also many factors to the trail, not track, there is a difference. Larry knew the conditions, rain wind and even the time of day that he searched were all factors. You see you are dealing with a slope. Scent rises in the morning, falls in the evening. The handlers job is to know conditions before the search if possible. You want to get the end of the trail as soon as possible so you correct the dawg asap to speed things up, someones life might just depend on this dog getting there quickley. Or getting the person that just killed a child off the streets so they do it again.
    Larry Allen has worked hounds for over 25 years and has an outstanding reputation in the search world. So please go back and view this video again.

  • B. Fliris

    If this dog and others like it are so good, why didn’t we use one to find bin Laden a long time ago.

  • Fredrick Ingram

    Wow, what a bunch cynics. Enough said.

  • Liz

    I have watched the video a number of times, and don’t think Holly’s trainer led her to the correct seat. I’m not a professional dog trainer, but I’ve worked with my two in both basic obedience and agility drills. My experience with my own is that dogs can and will get distracted — something moving in the distance, another tempting scent wafting through the air — and it’s up to their trainer to keep the dog on track and on task. Like Larry, I do that by talking to my dogs frequently and sometimes by physically nudging. Someone who is not familiar with the way I work with my dogs could think that I’m telling my dogs what to do or leading them, but what I’m actually doing is breaking their focus on the distraction and re-focusing their attention on what they know they should be doing. If you notice, Herbie’s trainer also talked to Herbie constantly. When you know your dog, you know by their body language when they need reminding and re-focusing.

  • Sal the Bloodhound

    I have completed some tracking and trailing training with my bloodhound and Larry did exactly what he was supposed to do Larry did not know where this person sat prior to Holly locating the seat. A very determined and well trained bloodhound will not be distracted.

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