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Written by
Gary Murray
Search Rescue Dogs Through the Eyes of a Retired RCMP Dog Handler

S.A.R. dogs are not the only answer to a missing person search situation. Some police, the media, and the general public all too often pin their hopes for a successful rescue on the arrival of a dog handler and his/her dog. This is far to great of a responsibility to pin on any one individual.

Answers from
Ed Frawley
Q&A on Tracking

I try and answer every question I receive on dog training. I may often come across as a little on the blunt side, (some may call it brash). That is because I consider myself an advocate for dogs and not dog handlers. I am an advocate for common sense dog training and not the latest fad that appears on the horizon. Good dog training is not rocket science. It's common sense.

Written by
Gary Murray
S&R - Work Dogs and Dead Bodies

Training a dog in a search profile for missing persons, and or evidence search is really very basic. The key element is getting the dog to search and indicate human scent. How the dog is taught this and how the dog indicates this varies from trainer to trainer and handler to handler. But the profile in a nut shell is, search for human scent, pinpoint it to the source, and indicate this to the handler.

Basic Cadaver Training Using SIGMA PSEUDO CORPSE Scent

Sigma Pseudo Corpse Scent formulations provide a safe, easy to handle Source for training specialty scent dogs. The formulations allow a search dog handier to observe the dog's reactions during its initial introduction to a deceased victim under controlled circumstances, and to train specifically for cadaver search, it desired.

FEMA Advanced Certifications

Resources for FEMA certifications. The objectives for developing a standardized Disaster Search Canine Evaluation Process are to provide uniform methods to determine the current operational readiness levels of all Canine Search Specialists and canines in the National US&R Response System, use the results of the assessment process to identify major strengths and shortfalls for the Canine Search Specialist and their canine for targeted improvement.

Written by
Gunnar M. Berg, Norway
First Steps of Avalanche Training

Training a dog to become an Avalanche Dog is a physically hard task for the handler. It involves a lot of digging, and I mean A LOT of digging. It also means that the handler (during training the dog) has to go through an education on avalanches, snow, map reading, winter survival training, first aid, and learn how to take care of his- / her-selves and the dog under extreme winter conditions. You will spend a lot of weekends during the winter in the mountains training.

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