Goodness I wasn't expecting so much interest. This really is a great community
Is she toy driven or food driven? What kind if eval? Are you working with a team?
Curious about what team? The only one I know in that area is SCSD to the SE and STARR a bit further from you to the NW...as well as some SUSAR folks trying to make a go of it in Columbia. What kind of evaluation?
She'll work for food, but she's definitely more toy driven. For the evaluation, the team trainer played with her a bit, threw her toy while she was restrained, and then had me spin her before releasing her to go get it a couple times. Yes, I'm working with STARR.
Do you know what you asking for? What are you going to hunt?
The team only does human remains detection, so looking for dead people and any traces of dead people in a given search area.
tell us a bit more about your dog present state.
lines don't matter ---
Umm I'm not sure what you want to know? She definitely has good prey drive, but just isn't as crazy as some of the working lines and mals I've watched. Watching the mals work makes me nervous that maybe she won't be as good, so I want to do everything I can to help her be as awesome as possible even though we're both n00bs
Well, also how old is the dog. You really can't "build" the hunt drive I don't think. It is either there or not. Your dog should be willing to dive into any level of brush to hunt for a ball. We do the FEMA tests when we look at suitable candidates. A food driven dog is not necessarily ruled out though as it would be for FEMA. So these are things your dog should be capable of. It is a lot easier to teach a toy driven dog than food driven for HRD.
We never start new handlers with HRD. Ask about certifications. Most of the teams push hard on having national certifications on the HRD teams(as well as all the requisite foundation courses, Bloodborne pathogens, hazmat, and crime scene preservation) because if a criminal search goes to court you want that agency standing behind you [if an HRD team finds a body who was a murder victim, the defense attorney for the person being tried for the murder will often do all it can to discredit the HR team in court and a national certification brings the courtroom support and expert witnesses you want behind you]
Also ask yourself if you are emotionally prepared to find dead people of all ages in all stages of death. [The ones hardest to me are the very recently deceased; I have not had to face seeing a child yet but have been on a search where a dead child was found and that was hard enough. Many on our team just don't want a thing to do with HRD.]
She's a year old, and I know there's a strong genetic component to Hunt drive (as well as all of the other drives), but I thought it might be like prey drive where certain activities can bring it out more? So not so much trying to build it, as develop it/encourage it? Perhaps I'm wrong though.
The team only does HRD because that's what the greatest need is for in our area. I think most of the live searches are done by police dogs, so you don't really get the call outs for that. They do require a number of certifications and classes because, as you said, a lot of the searches have a criminal component.
As to being emotionally prepared, I don't know if a person can know how they will respond until they are actually faced with it, but I am not squeamish or particularly emotional (a fault in much of the rest of my life, but perhaps a strength in this area?).