Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Valdivia, Chile
Re: can i teach
Because SAR is not an activity to do with the dog to have fun and let the dog burn some stamina. Agility, tracking, even Schutzhund are for that.
The first and main purpose of SAR is to save lives or to offer comfort to the families finding the body if the victim is not alive. In SAR the purpose is not dog training, you are a rescuer, one that in his toolbox happens to have a dog but a rescuer first and foremost.
You cannot make mistakes in SAR. Mistakes cost lives, lives of the victims, life of thirds, the life of your dog and yours. If in tracking your dog doesn't find the article, well, he will do best tomorrow; if in SAR your dog doesn't alert the presence of the child in the forest and he has to spend another night in the wild you'll find it tomorrow... dead.
There is SO MUCH to learn in SAR, and not only about dog training , that one person cannot do it alone, in most teams the applicants work for more than a year, only learning, before touching a dog, mine included.
And finally, SAR is a team effort, you need to be part of a team. Not only to earn the respect of police, firefighters and authorities before they even start considering you in case of emergency but because you need a lot of other people, beside your dog, to take care of camp, communication, Incident Command and all the stuff that spins around a search.
ETA: And before even considering SAR you need your dog evaluated for knowledgeable people. Ball drive is good, but not nearly enough. In your other post you say that your dog is aggressive against other people. No matter the reason, that can NEVER happen in SAR.
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