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Working Dogs question

I couldn't find a place to post this. I was just wondering...

Where do I go to find information on working dogs: who to contact for info, how to start, what training to do, etc.
Is there an association or something?
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It depends on what sort of work you are interested in; search and rescue, police, personal/estate protection, herding, narcotics detection, bomb detection, bed bug detection, service/guide work, or any of the sports like tracking, obedience, agility, schutzhund, etc....

All of these are trained differently, have different organizations that govern them, different trainers and thus different contact people.


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It all depends. What type of work are you looking at having him do? There's all kinds of things. IPO/SchH, Protection, SAR, therapy, etc. How old is your pup and are you planning on being the handler? Or is this training to give him to an organization?

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There are a few forums on here for just that.. https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/working-dogs/ and https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/schutzhund-ipo-protection-sports/ would start you off.. look through some threads and ask questions. It might end up being something more to what he will be best at vs. what you want him to do. Titan had an awesome nose on him.. I got him into SAR and we are on a team and still training.

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Rocco is 5 months now. I have been thinking that he might be good for SAR because he will fetch for hours (even over eating, which he loves to do), and finds the ball everytime in the dark (sniffing).
I know they have to be evaluated. That's why I was asking. Is there a place I can contact to see about evaluating him to find out what he might be good for?
I also think he could be good for therapy work.
I have no intentions of giving him to anyone; but would like to have him do something. I believe he would really benefit from it. He is soooooo energetic and always wants to be doing something.

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SAR work was it for Titan.. he LOVED it. He can do both, SAR and therapy. A couple of our cerified SAR dogs are therapy dogs as well. I would start looking for teams in your area. Make sure they are certifying organizations. I can actually as our team lead if he knows of any in your area, I'm sure he would be willing to help in that aspect, I can PM you some information if you want. You are in a really good location for a lot of sports too. Kind of jealous, I wanted to get my Athena into IPO/SchH and there are a lot of clubs in your area.

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SAR work was it for Titan.. he LOVED it. He can do both, SAR and therapy. A couple of our cerified SAR dogs are therapy dogs as well. I would start looking for teams in your area. Make sure they are certifying organizations. I can actually as our team lead if he knows of any in your area, I'm sure he would be willing to help in that aspect, I can PM you some information if you want. You are in a really good location for a lot of sports too. Kind of jealous, I wanted to get my Athena into IPO/SchH and there are a lot of clubs in your area.
Yes. PM me. How do I find teams? And what clubs do you know of in my area?
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Will do..

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The big thing about SAR is it is a way of life if you are on a team. Huge committment and must be able to take time off of work when needed for a callout which always comes at a most inconvenient time.

The dog is just a small part of the picture. Actually there is a FEMA Disaster team down there - Miami Dade. I am not sure what local wilderness teams there may be. A consideration is the very real risks of gators and snakes down there. {To you and the dog}

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How about agility? It's a blast for you and your dog and it's hugely popular. It would definitely keep your dog busy.

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