2013 NASAR Regional Canine Workshop
The workshop will include two 8-hour field classes for Area/Air Scent and HRD.
See the National Certifications
that will be offered.
Conference Registration Form
The 2014 K9 conference will be also be held in Flagstaff. I'll post information here when available.
AZ SARCON: Instructors and Handlers Introduce Themselves and the Dogs
...at the beginning of the area search beginner/intermediate field session
Each handler told us how long they'd be training with his or her dog, what type of alert that dog does, and the reward given to the dog after a find. Handlers also shared what level they believed they and their dogs were at and what types of things they were hoping to learn and improve upon.
Search & Rescue Dogs Came in All Shapes & Sizes
This Search & Rescue Dog is Ready to Roll!
Talk about motivation....
Ready, Set ... Find!
SAR Dogs Receive Their Well-Earned Rewards
From tug-of-war with a favorite toy to fetch, treats, and lots of love
Some tug-of-war fun after a job well done....
This Dog Works For Lots of Love
While some prefer toys or tasty treats, this little girl wants pats and rubs and some rolling around on the ground....
Instructors Worked One-on-One with Participants
... as well as with groups
Instructors Develop a Quick Rapport
...with both the K9s and their handlers
Tracking/Trailing Field Work
A handler shows her dog the scent article, then the dog follows the track of that scent to the subject....
Some of the "problems" the dogs were presented with were straight-forward and short, while other times they were longer and more challenging, including one track that crossed over itself like the shape of a "P." At times, a distraction was introduced, like a big piece of chicken, which some of the dogs went to check out but quickly moved on, while others ignored it completely.
Area Search Field Work with Air-Scenting Search & Rescue Dogs
This dog has found someone (me), then quickly returns to his handler to let her know....
Area (air-scent) search dogs do a find and re-find, where they locate a subject, run back to alert their handler, then lead the handler to the one they've found, sometimes running back and forth several times in the process.
Each dog has its own alert, ranging from jumping on the handler to a bark, a sit, a nose touch, and so forth.
The SAR Dog Shows "Mom" The Way to the One He's Found
Types of Search and Rescue K9s
The way they work
Trailing Dogs - Trailing dogs work in a similar way totracking dogs. A scent article is used so the dog can pick up the subject's scent and find and follow the trail. With trailing dogs, however, the dog may divert from the person's actual track by several feet, cutting corners and using the wind to its advantage. Trailing dogs generally work in a harness with a 20 to 30-foot lead.
Air Scent Dogs - Unlike tracking and trailing dogs, air scent dogs work off lead, ranging back and forth in an area to pick up the subject's scentt. Ranging often takes the dog out of the handler's sight for several minutes, so the handler needs to trust the dog and listen for an alert. Once the dog picks up the subject's scent, he or she will move in to its source and then must "alert." This alert might be barking while staying with the subject or done by returning to the handler and somehow conveying to that person, "Follow me!" The dog then leads the handler to the subject.
Want To Learn More About Search & Rescue Dogs?
Check out the following....
- Search and Rescue dog resources
- Dog Owner's Guide: Search and Rescue Dogs
- General information and overview of SAR K-9s
- K-9 Search and Rescue Teams and Associations
- A directory of K-9 SAR teams, by state and country
- Thinking About Becoming a K-9 Handler?
- Information from the National Association for Search and Rescue
- SAR K9 Vocabulary
- A handy dictionary of K9 Search & Rescue terms and their meanings from Ohio Valley Search & Rescue
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