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01-21-2015 05:14 PM
Darth_Ariel It's been a busy month so I haven't gotten around to answering!

Kaimeju- It's unfortunate that I'm not alone, there were some elements I really enjoyed. But most of them centered around enjoying how much Vader enjoyed it. He was 100% my motivation for staying the almost 2 years that I did. I want to, I just don't know exactly what I'll do with him yet. He's been pretty expressive that he's bored. He's been doing this for most of the 2 years he's been alive, and I really don't know how to switch gears and give him something else to do.

Dutch-I don't think it would help honestly. We had days where there were only 4 of the 10 dogs present and it still was 3 hours of training and Vader got in maybe 15 minutes? There's a lot of control issues at play and a few gossiping problems for the people who are supposed to be doing the training. On occasion the newer people got to do an unsupervised runaway and leave it at that, but switching over to cadaver only meant Vader was spending almost 3 hours straight in the car not counting our 4 hour driving time. Getting home was always an episode of the zoomies


I will say I also started to feel like he was repeatedly set up for failure and that didn't sit well with me. The chief knows his stuff, he's very educated on older practices. Great guy, but some days he'd exceed a dog's skill level and tell us it was to test them. The last training we had Vader hadn't done a run in 2 months, he has only experienced HR scent maybe 15 times since he was brought in at 6 months (which isn't enough imo) and I was told to let him off leash and have him find the source in the woods and the source had mildewed. The more experienced dogs were even having difficulty with it. So Vader was on the scent for a minute or two and then decided after 3 hours in the car he would rather play with sticks and snow. I was so embarrassed trying to get him to understand it was time to work not time to play.

I'm glad everyone is doing well on their training!
Way to go Tygo!
01-09-2015 02:59 PM
jocoyn We are doing well. A teammate who is gone during the summer is back and we do a lot of training together. Some very good HR scenarios. I also want to tighten up some things and bought a K9 BSD and 4 boxes. I have borrowed them before but looking forward to having another tool for when I have to train alone (Not so much scenarios but tightening indication, getting better commitment to source at a distance etc.)
01-09-2015 01:51 PM
DutchKarin And me... progressing well. Typo is alerting without cue and I am officially the weak link.
;-)
We start Avalanche training this Sunday.
The big score last weekend was that he did not eat the placenta... a whole one left open in a baking dish under a bush. WAHOOO. That is gross I know but when you get into SAR these things are just interesting. Not having kids, I have never scene a real placenta. Was cool in my science head sort of way.

Onward!
01-09-2015 01:48 PM
DutchKarin Sorry to hear. Sounds like the group should break up into smaller training groups. That is how we work, still a lot of driving but I feel like I get my training in.
01-09-2015 01:07 PM
Kaimeju
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Well, I guess this is most likely my last post in this part of the forum. I figured this was training-y even though it means there's no longer any training.
Unfortunately Vader and I decided to leave our SAR team and they control all of the other teams in the immediate area since they have the most experience so I won't be joining a new team for as long as I'm living here.

I honestly just couldn't do it anymore. I was driving 3-4 hours for every meeting, fundraiser, training, ect. We were only getting 10-15 minutes of training time and if we had a busy class month he got 0 training time in. And feeling like I was in a high school with the cliques just took too much out of me. Which is really unfortunate because I think Vader would have been pretty great (only semi fur-mom biased with that).
I am sorry to hear that. I didn't get to chat with you, but I enjoyed reading your posts. I have heard of other people having similar problems so you are not alone. Will you do other work with Vader? I hope you get to come back to SAR.

We had a somewhat sad week as a team member resigned. Nothing terrible happened, it was just time, I guess. I am organizing a first aid class for my team and finishing an online course. Thanks to Nancy's help and my team leader I was able to find a few people who could answer my questions about air scent. I am still a little concerned about being able to set up enough training opportunities, but for the puppy stuff I think it will be okay. I am visiting my breeder next weekend. The dam's pregnancy is going well so far. She is due first week of Feb!
01-09-2015 10:33 AM
jocoyn Sorry to hear that. That has got to be very frustrating for you.
01-08-2015 11:27 PM
Darth_Ariel Well, I guess this is most likely my last post in this part of the forum. I figured this was training-y even though it means there's no longer any training.
Unfortunately Vader and I decided to leave our SAR team and they control all of the other teams in the immediate area since they have the most experience so I won't be joining a new team for as long as I'm living here.

I honestly just couldn't do it anymore. I was driving 3-4 hours for every meeting, fundraiser, training, ect. We were only getting 10-15 minutes of training time and if we had a busy class month he got 0 training time in. And feeling like I was in a high school with the cliques just took too much out of me. Which is really unfortunate because I think Vader would have been pretty great (only semi fur-mom biased with that).
11-28-2014 10:09 PM
Hineni7 Hey all! I trained with CARDA back in the early 90's although my dog passed before becoming mission ready. I started doing some equine training up where I live, but life got in the way. I've been playing with my 7mos old pup and DANG! She has it!! Really hits the scent hard and is determined! So I'm going to seek out the teams around my neck of the woods and start training again. My pups mom is a certified sar and her dad is certified cadaver, so she is just showing her genes .

God bless!
Misty
11-28-2014 06:28 PM
Darth_Ariel Haven't been on in a while, been pretty busy

We decided instead of Live and Cadaver searches Vader is going to focus on Cadaver only (land and water). I figured with trying to work and do SAR that it would be more responsible to do searches that weren't always urgent.
He'd be the first Cadaver only dog on the team, since they prefer all of the dogs to be able to do both live and cadaver. But I just don't think I can do it.
We haven't been able to train since that decision unfortunately so he's not where I would like him to be in terms of training.
09-30-2014 10:50 AM
wyoung2153 Interesting Nancy! Thanks for sharing!
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