The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
Good advice from everyone so far. Before you get a dog, find a team. Make sure the team has openings. I am not sure about TNTF-1, if they are accepting applications right now. But if not, get experience from a good Wilderness or SUSAR team that IS acceptng members. Go out and train with the team, be the victim, learn to play and absorb everything before even thinking about getting a dog. I know way to many people that got the dog first and it was not good for the work or they decided SAR was not for them.
SAR of any kind is not a hobby. Its a life style and it takes a lot of time and dedication and financial commitment.
"So that others may live"
Hannah vom Steffenhaus, BH, Wilderness SAR
Eisenhower v.d Polizei "Ike" Wilderness SAR, CGC
B'Lena z. Treuenhanden
Nixon vom Banach, RATN
Phoster, FEMA USAR(Labrador)
Ch. Pennywise Sticky Wicket(Dandie Dinmont Terrier)