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Old 03-12-2012, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone here trained there GSD to do these jobs. If so how did you get them to start their training and what with?
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Has anyone here trained there GSD to do these jobs. If so how did you get them to start their training and what with?
I helped a SAR team in Arizona a time or to. I pretended to be a victim and hid in the desert. They had a worn shirt of mine and gave it to the dogs to sniff and they had to come find me. Very much like hide and seek on a bigger scale. They said that is how they started their dogs off with playing hide and seek as puppies.
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Has anyone here trained there GSD to do these jobs. If so how did you get them to start their training and what with?

This thread really needs to be moved to the SAR section.

The dog must be evaluated first. Solid nerves, high drive etc.

For human remains detection first and foremost one has to have access to proper training aids which are human remains. This is quite involved as the dog must be exposed to the full spectrum of age,diversity and amounts of HR in order to be fully operational. As far as SAR,again, you need to hook up with a reputable team and have the dog evaluated. If you have no experience, start out watching and hiding for them.
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If you have no experience, start out watching and hiding for them.
You should do this, It is so much fun and it is such a kick knowing you are helping.
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I have trained and certified nationally 4 times a cadaver dog and am starting my 2nd. You DEFINTELY need to get involved with a team or a police department to go forward..

As said, starting and hiding for a team is the way to go. Many teams don't have immedieate openings for dogs and dog handlers depending on where they are with the current members so sometimes you need to be patient but there is a WHOLE LOT of other stuff to learn.

Any way - you can locate the free online FEMA training for IS100,200,700, 800, and 809 and take that and print the certificates because you are going to need those for any certification you would take down the line. You should also have a squeaky clean criminal background check .......... we switched from an in state check to an FBI check once an astute police officer noticed Prison Tatoos on a prospect (phew, he had not joined) and he kind of neglected to mention his out of state felony. Sweet.
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