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02-07-2014 02:00 PM
blackshep There is SAR for tracking dogs, but the guy I take lessons from for scent detection is available for hire in the private sector as a drug dog and bedbug dog handler. So there's that to consider as well, but it's not tracking obviously.

Do airports hire police for airport security? Or is that another avenue where you could get into a job with a scent detection dog (bombs/narcotics etc)?
02-05-2014 06:49 PM
gsdsar There are other venues for scent work. Nose Works, AKC tracking, FH. none of them have the same requirements on the handler as SAR would have. You could compete and earn titles, but never use the dog in an actual searching situation.


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02-05-2014 06:35 PM
MustLoveShepherds
Just found this....

Just found this fact sheet... It is just FAQ's about search and rescue dogs.
Canine Fact Sheet - National Association For Search And Rescue

I just read it over, and now I think I have more to think about than I did before! Oh gosh!
02-05-2014 06:31 PM
MustLoveShepherds I am in a similar boat with you... I would like to explore scent training, but not in police work. My pup and I are just completing our beginners obedience class. I did ask the teacher what to do next and she mentioned scent work. She said that search and rescue can be done should Mika excel in this area.

So, perhaps there is a trainer near you who knows what scent work training should be done that would best flow into search and rescue work...
12-04-2013 02:01 PM
MrsFergione Oh I'm a researching psycho. Anything I do I read and gather info far in excess of what is required or necessary so I'm sure they'll at least love that I will be well prepared thank! I will take a look at their page and info
12-04-2013 01:54 PM
jocoyn This is a team in your area which has a FAQ page. If they say to read something BEFORE contacting them (which they do) be sure to do so. Teams need folks who can follow directions

About SAR
12-04-2013 01:53 PM
MrsFergione Thank you, I will look into that. We will be moving near Kansas City in May but we currently live in Oklahoma so I will check the area to see if any groups have time to evaluate.
12-04-2013 01:52 PM
jocoyn Each group is different; contact a SAR team and find out. We require new members to have minimal SAR certification before they go on a search-and same for the dogs - must also be certified before searching but all that is coordinated through the team with the appropriate agencies.

I assume teams in the area would evaluate you and the dog. The right people are much harder to find than the right dogs. It is a huge commitment both in time and in money.
12-04-2013 01:30 PM
MrsFergione I am very dedicated but just starting out in this type of training world so I have a lot to learn, I personally feel like I've been doing a great job so far and I take direction well from trainers and do what needs to be done. The male is only a month old so he won't be at our house for a bit but my female is almost 7 months and started tracking about a month ago. Members at our club are surprised how quickly she has picked it up but obviously that's not a formal evaluation. Would I find a SAR team to evaluate that or elsewhere?
12-04-2013 01:26 PM
carmspack have the dog evaluated for her hunt/ search drives, her drive in tracking and problem solving .

how dedicated are you?
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