Snow Burial Training

Have you ever wondered how a dog might find someone buried in the snow?  What does the scent of a person do when it is buried in a snowbank or avalanche.  Does scent freeze?  The dogs that are trained for avalanche work are quite specialized.  They need to know what...

SAR Testing

I had the opportunity this week to be a victim.  Actually, we call them subjects as victim has such a negative connotation.  One of the team members on my Search and Rescue team had reached a milestone and her dog was ready for a 30 Acre Heavy Brush Test. Well, I was...

Hi Tor 9/11

Gracie and I went for a bit of a walk in the Hi Tor WMA.  This is an undeveloped park that has some nice features and acres and acres of woods that are good for Search and Rescue training. The trainer that I am working with on the team and I climbed a trail that led...

Night Search Training

Last night, as part of our team training, we set up some problems in the dark for the dogs. We were located at Ontario County Park near a feature called the jump-off. Gracie had never done any searching in the dark so this was a new experience for her to see me with a...

K9 Water Seminar

I spent the weekend at at water training seminar.  What the heck is that?  It is a Search and Rescue training for dogs learning to find submerged subjects.  We had an IPWDA (International Police Working Dog Association) certified trainer come to visit.( Jonni Joyce),...