All handlers must have basic control of their K-9’s, and no unprovoked
aggression (toward dogs or humans) of any kind will be tolerated.
Any dog showing such aggression or other uncontrolled, disruptive
behavior will be asked to leave the class.
Reward system- Each dog will be expected to have an
effective reward system in place before attending the class.
Reward may consist of toys or food, but should be highly motivating to
the dog so as to overcome distractions/anxiety.
must have basic training in searching for live targets in either
wilderness or urban environments. Ability to speak on command is
helpful as a bark/scratch alert will be utilized for live-find disaster;
handlers should try to work on this skill before coming to the seminar
if possible. This will help maximize the progress that teams can
make during the week. Please send a synopsis of your
training experience/certifications with registration form.
Cadaver- must have a trained indication (sit, down,
scratch, etc.) on, and commitment to cadaver sources, and basic training
in searching for cadaver sources in either wilderness or urban
environments. Please send a synopsis of your training
experience/certifications with registration form.
Skills - K-9’s will be worked at whatever level
they are currently at, and will progress as rapidly as they can
Temperament assessment- All dogs will be assessed for
basic temperament/aggression on the first day. K-9’s on disaster scenes
are undergoing extremely stressful conditions and are often working in
close proximity to other K-9’s and search/rescue workers. No aggressive
tendencies can be tolerated
Obedience- basic obedience such as heeling, recall and
stays will be reviewed, with time spent on teaching an emergency
(distance) stop, working recall with distractions, and out-of-sight
stays. Emphasis will be on distance control of the K-9.