The Dutchie SAR
Just introducing myself in the SAR forum as I anticipate seeking your help from time to time. I live near Truckee, CA in the mountains and decided I wanted to do SAR work. Long ago I had a GSD and then 2 Aussies in-between. Now that life sort of affords me the time to do SAR training, long story, I went a got myself a Dutch Shepherd. Not that I am brave, or particularly skilled, but that I am stubborn and when I get an idea I kind of hold on to it and make it happen. So here I am with Tygo, now 8 months old and what a ride its been. Really, I think the best thing that happened is that he is from a breeder that is very thoughtful about early socialization so he is definitely environmentally stable. He does have the proverbial "off button" but doesn't use it much. We started working with the local CARDA (California Rescue Dog Association) at 10 weeks old. As of last week I just got my two sponsors who will see me through to "mission ready" and I am so excited, thankful, and honored to have two of the best most seasoned and grounded people in this area.
At 8 months Tygo shows lots of potential and has a great work ethic. He is head strong and I am learning a lot about training a dog with drive, intelligence as well as a bit of an edge if corrected to assertively (I can say more about that later).
Anyway, I look forward to some good discussions.
Dutch Shepherd - Ptygo (Tee-Go) de las Flores