SAR is very demanding, rewarding and sobering at times. The training is fun but it is not a sport. I have been within earshot and heard the screaming and crying when a mother has just been told that her child or spouse is gone and looked into the face of a dead person. Walking past family members on the way to the boat while you are looking for a son's body is also very tough. I have also known the sheer joy and tears when a 3 year old is found alive and when grandpa gets another day.
Doing SAR is a lot less about the dog than doing SAR. If you want something to do with the dog, there are plenty of things to do. As far as the dog-human bond, yes it brings it to another level as you are truly working in full partnership. I would think people who herd or hunt with a dog would probably have a similar level of partnership.
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