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What type of drives/temperment etc do you look for in a HRD dog? Im assuming that its somewhat different than USAR and Wilderness but Im unsure. Would love to hear some input. Thanks

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I think you have to have incredible hunt drive. Most HRD searches are negative searches and the dog has to be able to work for a long time without any kind of reward. Also I really don't want a food dog. I know some succesfull food dogs doing HR work but it is a lot easier to train a ball driven dog for this.

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What type of drives/temperment etc do you look for in a HRD dog? Im assuming that its somewhat different than USAR and Wilderness but Im unsure. Would love to hear some input. Thanks

Rock solid nerves and what we call retrieve/hunt drive. That is how we cops and miitary train our scent detector dogs. Stay away from dogs that are dog aggressive as well. Can cause problems. Smaller structure and agile is preferred
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My other GSD seems to be pretty medium to low drive in the house but has INSANE ball drive. Would do anything for his ball. I was thinking about working with him in wilderness or HRD but didn't know if he would have what it takes??? Whats a good way to start them out to see if they are interested?

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Rock solid nerves and what we call retrieve/hunt drive. That is how we cops and miitary train our scent detector dogs. Stay away from dogs that are dog aggressive as well. Can cause problems. Smaller structure and agile is preferred
He is very tall and lanky so he definetly doesn't fit the smaller structure lol. Thats what I LOVE about my USAR dog. 65lbs at a year old. That dog can move like a border collie. I know thats way too small for some people but I LOVE it.

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ok. do some retrieves with the ball,kong or whatever by sight. Then, start throwing the ball out into tall vegetation and work on him finding using his nose. After that is accomplished, start blind retrieves. this means that you have placed the reward out into an area where it cannot be seen. Bring the dog and "fake" throw the reward. See if he will hunt nonstop for the reward using his nose, not his eyes
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Ive done the ball into tall vegetation and he will continue to try and find it...not always succesfull . I think with some work he would be able to do it....just not sure if he has the drive for it. Thanks for the suggestions. I will continue to work with the vegetation and move on to blind retrieves!!

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