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Tactical Tracker Teams – Guide To High Risk Manhunt Operations

tactical_tracker_teams_guideJeff Schettler began the modern Tactical Tracking movement in the United States and this book should be in every military, police, or sheriff”s department library as required reading

Jeff Schettler’s newest book “K9 Trailing: Tactical Tracking Teams” is about teamwork and it should be required reading for any K9 handler – regardless of experience – who tracks fugitives with a police dog in a rural environment or wilderness area because doing so is arguably the most dangerous job in law enforcement today and a tracking team must be prepared to safely face the challenges to be successful with the mission.  A handler and police dog tracking alone or separated from a tactical support team during a high risk manhunt is a liability and no longer acceptable and “Tactical Tracking Teams” provides invaluable and practical recommendations and guidelines to minimize risk and prepare a team for a deployment.  The emphasis on teamwork and the chapter on “proximity alerts” – along with the practical application realistic training recommendations – may literally save the lives of handlers or team members during searches.  You may not be able to attend a training course on tactical tracking team operations with Jeff Schettler in the near future – but you can take advantage of his experience and lessons learned by reading “Tactical Tracking Teams” today.

–Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)



Proximity Alerts Learn and Live

Great News! K9 Trailing; The Straightest Path will be in color! The book is going to print this week and the limited edition hardcovers will be first off the press. The hardcovers will be a one-time-only deal due to production costs and when they are gone, they are gone.  I have pre-orders on file and will hold a few back just in case. K9 Trailing will be 8.5 X 11″, color, over 200 pages of training with tons of photos and diagrams.

Limited Edition, 8.5X11, full color, personalized Hardcover: $65.00
Soft cover, 8.5X11, full color: $34.95
Order Today K9 Trailing The Straightest Path!

Check out the front matter attached her to see the general layout, table of contents and my forward. Thanks again for all of your support. This is not my book, but our book because of all of you who helped me produce it.

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Red Dog Rising by Jeff Schettler

Ronin Red Dog Rising
Excerpt from the bloodhound book, Red Dog Rising:

Ronin was now definitely on the tracks of those I had found before.
He didn’t have his nose right down on them, but I could tell that he was following their general direction. This heartened me considerably, because it leant credence to his work. He trailed to a small bridge used for foot traffic and farm equipment that spanned the width of the canal and gazed across. The footing was a little funny due to large gaps between the creosote-covered planks. Ronin didn’t like to see through the gaps and always lunged across these types of bridges. He did the same thing on this day. He looked left and right just before crossing with this little worried look he used to get and then took two uncoordinated bounds and was over the bridge.

Ronin picked up the trail with absolutely no hesitation on the other side. This time, he was on a foot trail running parallel to the cattail jungle on the west side of the canal. He was picking up speed with every few yards we traveled, and his nose was coming up off of the ground a little more than before. In these conditions, he was telling me that [Read More…]


Jeff Schettler’s book, Red Dog Rising, is now available! This memoir is the chronological history of his training and case work with his police bloodhound, Ronin. The book includes over 200 pages of trailing training, philosophy, and actual casework. Order through GAK9 and you will receive a personalized, autographed copy!


“Anyone can read this book and get something out of it, whether they ever worked a bloodhound or not. It was enjoyable to read someone else’s bloodhound experiences and it was very hard to put down. Good job, Jeff!”
Jerry Yelk, Rib Mountain Bloodhounds


“Anyone can read this book and get something out of it, whether they ever worked a bloodhound or not. It was enjoyable to read someone else’s bloodhound experiences and it was very hard to put down. Good job, Jeff!”
Jerry Yelk, Rib Mountain Bloodhounds


Red Dog RisingRed Dog Rising is a riveting account of one man and one bloodhound who shared a passion for one thing—following the scent trail of criminals. Join Jeff and Ronin through a mix of heart breaking, amusing, and seedy investigations and you’ll experience justice from the end of the leash. This is a page-turner that you won’t want to put down!”

Kat Albrecht – author of The Lost Pet Chronicles:
Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet
Detective and Dog Detectives, Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets




The Straightest Path K9 Trailing

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The Straightest Path K9 Trailing
Jeff will share his deployment history on actual police K9 trailing cases and how they shaped his current training philosophy. The purpose of this training book is to accentuate the difference between trailing training/ human scent discrimination and standard police K9 tracking methodology and why the latter reduces over all K9 deployment effectiveness.

Jeff’s K9 Trailing Course is a step by step Trailing Training Resource that should not be missed.
“Constant failure is not an option for me nor should it be for any handler interested in saving lives and solving crime.  There was a time when I did not know what success in trailing was and I had to take a serious look at my K9 training protocols. The “Straightest Path” is nothing more than a simple and honest path to good trailing/ tracking training based not only on all of my experience in the field being successful, but also all of my failures.  There can be no growth without both. I will outline my method for working trailing dogs, step by step, and with only one goal in mind: finding people.  This program was designed for anyone handling a trailing dog and I have been teaching it now for over a decade.  It is important to offer to others what was so generously given to me by many of the great handlers of the past and present.

…Follow me, if you dare, to a path less traveled!” [Read More…]

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Continuing on the trail of his first book Red Dog Rising

Continuing on the trail of his first book Red Dog Rising, Jeff Schettler returns to the hunt with his newest book The Straightest Path. Simply said, if you currently work with police dogs that trail (or you want to) and you are a K9 handler, cover officer or supervisor, you should read The Straightest Path. If you work with police dogs that search but don’t trail, you can also benefit from reading this book.

I have not been a handler of a trailing dog, but I’ve been working with police dogs and handlers for the past 30 years as a decoy, K9 handler, supervisor, SWAT operator, tactical instructor and expert witness. After reading Red Dog Rising, I gained a new appreciation of trailing dogs and their handlers (and Jeff Schettler). Based on my background, I finished Red Dog Rising with a desire to learn more about training a police dog and officers for the hunt as well as preparing for the “potentially dangerous” end of the trail. After reading The Straightest Path, I’ve learned much more. Of particular interest to me, from a tactical perspective, was “proximity alerts and scents” relating to the pending conclusion of the search trail that included the line; “If you can read proximity alerts and you become a good handler with a good dog, proximity will save your life, your dog’s, or that of another person one day.”

The Straightest Path is about “reading a dog” and it is a straightforward approach to police dog trailing. Jeff does a commendable job in simplifying and explaining his training, methodology, and terminology regardless of the reader’s level of experience. He shares his successes, his failures and his lessons learned. It became rather obvious to me as I read this book that he is extremely passionate about the art of trailing. Let’s go hunting!

Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)
Oxnard (CA) Police Department
Training and Consulting [TAC] Team, LLC
Facilitator for and
Board Member & Region 1A Representative for California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO)

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