Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Valdivia, Chile
I would like to know how much time the average handler is a member of your teams.
We have the following problem. When people entered with their own dogs, in the rare case the dog works out in SAR, the owner would be one, maybe two years and then leave the group, taking the dog (and all the work invested on it) with him or her.
Then the directory decided that the dogs must be property of the team itself, specially because we received donations, and the people donating those dogs or pups did it wanting them to be SAR dogs, not someone's pet. The problem is that handlers are not enough time on the team to complete the process and I feel bad for the dogs going from hand to hand, from home to home.
I raised a dog, Auca, who was the first dog donated to the team, but when I left Santiago the Directory gave me the chance to decide if I wanted to keep her or to leave her in the team working with another handler. I had known she would have had four different handlers since then, one of which lost her and she was found a few weeks later pregnant... surely I'd have taken a different decision, but I just have to hope things happen for a reason. I still feel sorry for her, for having to endure that and for being now in the hands of someone who care for her, but has not the skills enough to take her to her best.
And then in 2010 I raised a litter a breeder donated to the team and we kept 4 pups from it. Of those one has been ruled out and from the other three, none is with her original handler, living with the second or third at less than 2 years old.
I really don't know how to approach that problem, our team is young, and the members are young too, life gets in the middle between us and our passion (take me as the best example). My problem is the dogs and how to achieve efficiency, that is getting the best certified dogs in the less time frame, without compromising the welfare of the dogs. Right now I only know that I don't like how things are being done but I don't have a solution to suggest either.
Diabla Boroluz, my Daemon; IPO-A1, RH-T A
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