My husband and I are hoping to get our pup, Sieger, into SAR down the road. (He is going to be 19 weeks on Thursday.)
The challenge we are faced with first is that there are no SAR training groups or SAR groups in general in our area with the exception of the Sheriff's department, who have to bring someone in to train their dogs/handlers and/or send their people out for training/certification.
At this point making a 6 hour drive (3 hours each way) to the nearest SAR group on a weekly basis (or whatever would be needed) isn't an option.
Do any of you know of any good books, or videos, that we might buy to at least get us pointed in the right direction for training?
Or are there any specific things we should or could be working on at this point with him to help facilitate this in the future?
If it helps, we were most interested in wilderness trailing and cadaver.
We have been socializing him daily, and he has encountered many many new experiences, as well as all different terrains, dogs, people, kids, weather conditions and we will continue working on this.
He knows all his basic obedience, and currently we are working on his leash manners and heel, and he is enrolled in an obedience class now with a lady who has raised, bred, and owned GSD's for many years.
All we have heard to do so far is socialize, make sure he is taking his obedience classes, get him certified for canine good citizen, socialize some more, and encourage his natural drives.
We were also told to wait until he is at least 18 months old before we try to get him going for his SAR training, but from everything I keep reading, that sounds like we would be waiting too long.
Any input, ideas, suggestions, etc to help us would be very much appreciated.