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05-21-2015 02:37 PM
Hineni7 I think you have to be very fit (determined, hardworking, and enjoy the outdoors alot) to do any SAR work, especially with dogs, lol... I was in good shape before, but Areli (trailing dog) has really really gotten me in good shape. Akivah is area (both are starting HRD) and so I can catch my breath a bit more at times... Navigation is imperative (and fun!) for any discipline and it's awesome that your sponsors were so upfront, and yet supportive

11mos...just a smidgen younger than Areli. She took to it like it is her life blood, lol... Akivah gets excited and loves to play/work. Areli lives and breathes the scent, she is intense and focused, driven and loving every minute of it. So much fun to watch them work.. I am constantly n awe of their abilities and discernment... I am blessed - and I can see you are too
05-21-2015 02:07 PM
DutchKarin My two sponsors are very fit men with 10 and 15 years experience. When they approached me to say they would take me on as an apprentice (first I felt honored because they are very well respected both within CARDA and with outside agencies), they told me quite seriously that I had to be in shape, my dog had to be in shape and I must know navigation well. If not, they would dump me. hahaha.... because we are all wilderness area dogs, well for the most part, we do navigation training every time we meet. Good thing I love it; I'm a total map nerd.

Best of luck with that little on Graychamp. Beautiful pup.
05-21-2015 12:47 PM
Originally Posted by Hineni7 View Post
Emma looks cute in her molle vest! How old is she? Are you doing area search with her, HRD, or trail (or do you know yet, lol)?
Thanks! She is 11 months. She'll be doing HRD and Trailing. When we first went to see if she'd be a good fit she absolutely loved it all. Can't wait to formerly start.
05-21-2015 12:03 PM
DinoBlue I guess I should consider myself lucky in that we have quite a few SAR groups around this area (VA, MD, DC) with plenty of training opportunities and plenty of people willing and able to help setup map and compass training and SARTECH II tests.

My training for the past year or so has been completely all about USAR but since we passed our cert, we will now go back and get the wilderness certification all done. Goes much quicker when you only have to worry about your dogs cert and not your own.
05-21-2015 10:12 AM
Hineni7 Emma looks cute in her molle vest! How old is she? Are you doing area search with her, HRD, or trail (or do you know yet, lol)?
05-21-2015 10:10 AM
Hineni7 Yeah, WA has an Academy once a year on the east side (not sure about the west side) where you are able to knock all the prerequisites off and ask questions... The nav is pitiful compared to what makes you confident in your competency... However, our group does nav work every other training or so, so that helps keep things fresh and moving forward...

We should be doing more night trainings as it warms up to the hot side (ugh), now.
05-21-2015 08:51 AM
Graychamp Emma is almost ready to begin SAR training. We're almost finished with our prerequisite of attending trainings without her while we work on puppy run-aways on our own time. Cannot wait!
05-21-2015 08:43 AM
Kaimeju Our state has sign offs required for SAR, my understanding is that they will have some specific to K-9 in a few years. I liked getting them all done in a few weeks, but wish there were more navigation workshops near me. I have no trouble keeping from getting lost, but things like describing my position to a helicopter are still hard.

Most people here do NSDA because those are the tests available. I have not met many NASAR folks and only a few NAPWDA. Finding qualified evaluators is hard. workshops and tests fill up quickly.
05-21-2015 08:26 AM
jocoyn It is a blessing to have such an organized approach! Sign offs are good. Most certifications are a basic skills test at any level and the goal is to show you have the broad range of training to do the job. It sounds like you are being very well prepared! Night is THE best time to search for a live person.
05-20-2015 10:54 PM
Hineni7 I was with CARDA in the early 90's,well before the standards (sponsors, sign offs before working a dog etc) they have now, and the group I was with in SoCal was very stringent in protocol and training. Seems like they have really fine tuned what they are looking for and how to get the best out of their teams... Congratulations on the sign offs!
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