What are Tracerz®
Tracerz® scent markers are the most cost effective way to help your dog or cat adjust to blindness. Tracerz™ are great for any indoor area such as home, apartment or office. Each Tracerz™ pack comes with 20 obstacle scent markers and 8 path scent markers contain a calming blend of essential oils that are pleasantly distinctive so as to not be confused with other household products. The unique scents of the obstacle and path markers are only noticeable up close to humans, however dogs and cats can locate them from impressive distances.
Tracerz™ can be affixed to walls, furniture, carpet, tile, hardwood, doors, trim, appliances, vinyl, glass and much more. Tracerz™ are less than 1" in diameter and can easily be concealed - you don't have to see them, your dog just needs to smell them.
Blind Dogs and Cats can live long and happy lives.
The ability to distinguish between millions of different smells allows them to literally see the world through smell. Tracerz™ are pre-scented location markers that help blind dogs build up a mental map of their environment.
How Tracerz™ work
The scent markers are placed around the home to help your dog find important locations, avoid obstacles and not get lost when waking up from a deep sleep. Blind dogs can visualize their surroundings through their olfactory (smelling) senses alone.
To help build up a 3 dimensional mental map, we created Tracerz™ which provide natural oil based scent markers that require no maintenance and can last for up to a year to aid your pet in navigating the home and coping with blindness.
We infuse each Tracerz™ marker with a unique mixture of highly concentrated essential oils suspended in wax that won't wipe off or wash away. Tracerz can be scratched periodically to refresh scent emissions. This process maximizes the scented surface area and makes the marker active for 4-8 months. We have searched and thoroughly tested the safest organic scented oils that dogs and cats effectively respond to.
Each strip of 4 Tracerz has a different scent. The scents are a mixture from certified organic plant extracts including Clove stems, Vanilla, Cypress, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Ravensara. A rubber based adhesive and scent retaining polymer are also used. All components are non toxic.
How to install Tracerz™
Affix the Tracerz™ dots as close as possible to the height of your dogs' nose and adjacent to the spots they most often collide with. The adhesive backing will bond strongly to most surfaces. We make it simple:
Peel away the adhesive side of each Tracerz™ from its plastic backing. Use of gloves is recommended.
Use Tracerz™ marked with obstacle to stick onto obstacles that they commonly run into such as table legs, corners of coffee tables, doors, appliances and furniture.
Use the path scent Tracerz™ to stick onto important locations such as door trim, exits, entrances, doorways and stairs.
Many dogs need little to no training to pickup the Tracerz™ scents. While your dog is in a calm state, SLOWLY lead him around through his typical paths in order to let him sniff out the new scent mark in order to develop a 3 dimensional map. Tracerz™ are less effective when placed near open windows and doors or overpowering fragrances and colognes. Scratch the surface of each dot every few weeks to reveal fresh layers of scent emitting material.
What Tracerz™ can and cannot do
Typically within 48 hours, dogs will start avoiding more and more bumps and collisions. The first thing you will likely notice is not being awakened in the middle of the night to your dog lost and banging into things.
Soon they build up confidence and begin to move around with ease. Many dogs will even get over confident and run around similar to the way they used too.
However, Tracerz™ is by no means a cure to blindness. All blind dogs are still going to bump into things, especially when they get excited. The mission behind Tracerz™ is to minimize the frequency of those collisions and make sure your pet never gets lost within the home. Tracerz™ are very helpful for cats, but they are most effective with dogs.