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DutchKarin 01-20-2014 11:31 AM

The Dutchie SAR
 
Just introducing myself in the SAR forum as I anticipate seeking your help from time to time. I live near Truckee, CA in the mountains and decided I wanted to do SAR work. Long ago I had a GSD and then 2 Aussies in-between. Now that life sort of affords me the time to do SAR training, long story, I went a got myself a Dutch Shepherd. Not that I am brave, or particularly skilled, but that I am stubborn and when I get an idea I kind of hold on to it and make it happen. So here I am with Tygo, now 8 months old and what a ride its been. Really, I think the best thing that happened is that he is from a breeder that is very thoughtful about early socialization so he is definitely environmentally stable. He does have the proverbial "off button" but doesn't use it much. We started working with the local CARDA (California Rescue Dog Association) at 10 weeks old. As of last week I just got my two sponsors who will see me through to "mission ready" and I am so excited, thankful, and honored to have two of the best most seasoned and grounded people in this area.

At 8 months Tygo shows lots of potential and has a great work ethic. He is head strong and I am learning a lot about training a dog with drive, intelligence as well as a bit of an edge if corrected to assertively (I can say more about that later).

Anyway, I look forward to some good discussions.

DutchKarin 01-20-2014 11:33 AM

Oh and photos
 
Just some pics. Not an easy dog to photograph. http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps1a962237.jpg
http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps99c61750.jpg

jocoyn 01-20-2014 11:46 AM

It will be exciting to watch your progress. There is a lot of experience in CARDA. We did have someone come to our team with a dog that was training in California but not certified and one HUGE gap in his training was muck and water; we have a lot of it but there was hardly any where he lived and the dog really had a hard time with creeks, streams, and ponds and even swamp goo. Given the resources you have for training, I doubt you will need a lot of help here but some of us are glad to bounce things off of.

She is a lovely dog!
The other advice I have is follow your mentors. The biggest mistake I have made and seen made early on is reading the internet and changing things around on the dog (like changing the trained indication several times), and forgetting that a behavior only persists if it is rewarded (like the intermediate steps in a recall sequence)

DutchKarin 01-20-2014 12:07 PM

Thanks for your kind words Nancy.
An now especially with the drought we are having there really won't be swamp and goo! Could you Easterners please give us our moisture back? ;-)

wyoung2153 01-20-2014 12:31 PM

Gladly... take it! :p But awesome and welcome! I met a Dutch in Africa when I was deployed.. he was awesome! I have been intrigued by them ever since!

I'm curious about CARDA, doesn't sound like any of the teams we have here. I don't have sponsors, etc.. just meet up and train, pay for your cert when ready. Is it just a member group where they pay for your trainings until cert, do you have to may a membership, etc. I'm from Cali, so I'm particularly curious.

I'm excited to here about progress!

DutchKarin 01-20-2014 12:50 PM

The way I understand it is that CARDA is the largest search dog organization in CA. You pay an annual membership fee and then you can go to any training in the state. Many of the counties have relationships with CARDA and the mission ready teams are called up by the county EMS to help when needed. The training is at least 3 months as a pre-apprentice, then you need two sponsors who will oversea training to mission ready certification (have been told for my first dog it will be close to 2 years). They guide your training. My two are insistent that I have laser focus on the first certifications that are needed. They also are insistent on fitness and professionalism. At this time, assuming the board approves it in March, I become an apprentice. There are lots of handler skills (navigation, helicopter loading, crime scene, first aid, etc) and dog skills (obedience, agility, etc) that need sign-off a long the way. The first certification must be wilderness air scenting (actually I think you can do tracking as an alternative) which includes alerting on cadaver tissue. After that you can certify in C1 which is small source cadaver work, avalanche etc. all having different requirements but only after your preliminary mission ready certification.

Will definitely be an adventure.

Alternatively I think some counties have there own process and don't use CARDA specifically and there is another organization called WOOF that I think is similar to CARDA.

wyoung2153 01-20-2014 12:59 PM

That's pretty awesome. I am glad I know about this now.. if I ever move back to Cali I will have to look into that. Though I know I won't be in FL for ever, military has a way of relocating you rather frequently, ha. I am sure I'll be bacl on here looking for a group when I move again.

Are you doing this on a part time or a full time basis?

jocoyn 01-20-2014 01:04 PM

One of our former teammates was certified CARDA and had her first find In California. She had trained with us through college then joined the USAF and was moved to CA for basic training.

We saw her go from being a little 17 year old student to being a dog handler and now an RN who has served in a hospital in Afghanistan. She is now serving in England and on a team there.

wyoung2153 01-20-2014 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jocoyn (Post 4869033)
One of our former teammates was certified CARDA and had her first find In California. She had trained with us through college then joined the USAF and was moved to CA for basic training.

We saw her go from being a little 17 year old student to being a dog handler and now an RN who has served in a hospital in Afghanistan. She is now serving in England and on a team there.

That's so awesome! Is she still serving? and does she still do SAR work?

jocoyn 01-20-2014 01:13 PM

She is - I think she is hooked for life.


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