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Old 11-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Interesting information, thank you all.

I am going to be self employed soon, and I would like something like this (hard, high effort, difficult work with a canine partner) to dedicate myself to. I am passionate about this kind of work, for many reasons, all of which I do not have to nor will I spend the time explaining.

I am pursuing many things with Hunter. We are ready for his BH (this spring) in IPO, moving quickly towards IPO1. We are ready for his first competitive obedience title (pursuing it in a couple of days). We are about to have him certified with Therapy Dogs International (working with sick children and other sick patients once a week, certifying next month). We also just started agility, as well. He's very busy and trained in multiple venues. I realize now that is a lot.


I have a contact now for Ontario SAR, who is assisting me. I will learn more through the SAR teams here and attend some information sessions. Perhaps I will pursue this with one of my future puppies who can have "one main focus".

We will see what happens with my contact, I trust their opinion and they will guide me and Hunter should we qualify for this as well. At this point, I want to start learning and getting involved at least for future endeavors.


Nothing else to contribute to this topic, so I'm taking my leave.

Thanks again!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Carmen - I sent you a very long PM. Sorry for all the reading... lol.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:36 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Several of us HAVE taken a dog who has started in juvenille level of bitework but has not ever been put in defense and I am not sure how long along a young prospect being groomed for police service gets by the age we might select (around 14-18 months) a young adult. ..Not sure where the cutoff is and that would be good to know....How far along is a "Green" dog typically?

Grim was two when I got him and part of his assessment was he was not "agressive enough" - now I have had some keen officers say he was not the kind of dog a lot of police want because his thresholds were too high...very level headed...and that they felt he would be formidable if challenged...I honestly don't know, doesn't matter. He was also on the small side [don't worry that I speak in the past tense]

Both myself and the other cadaver dog handler have a second dog;the older "retired" one. Neither one of us has the time to maintain training for two dogs. She is keeping her old one for boat work only as she is good with many finds and her younger dog still has some issues with control on the boat. Grim's rear end stability issues killed him ever working on a boat again. The pet thing is a reality for Grim. Beau is outside most of the day and Grim inside being a couch potato because I telecommute. In the mornings and evenings, Beau is "my dog". And usually for some session mid day.

Working Beau on the boat is an amazing experience. It all clicked so well that at certification not only did we get written compliments on our test worksheet, the boat driver who was on the dive team said "that dog can come down here anytime we have a drowning".......I can't take credit for him on the boat. It seems to be natural to him and I am glad because over half of our cadaver calls are drownings. It was, however the police master trainer who had me do, yes, obedience with him ON THE BOAT and to not accept any craziness on it...says he is the "kind of dog" that needs an obedience routine before he works. Beau has the full of himself attitude I think more police seem to like.
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