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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-19-2014, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Evaluating a dog for SAR/detection work

How would one go about having a dog evaluated as a SAR or detection prospect?
How would one go about placing said dog with a SAR handler or as a detection dog?
I am not involved in either of those, so don't really have personal contacts to reach out to.


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Did you want to get involved with these lines of work or do you think you have a dog that would do well so want it evaluated?

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Best bet is to find a local SAR team and contact them. A google search would probably wield some results in your area.

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In the case of the SAR dog teams here, they have their own evaluator. It costs a nominal fee, about $65 for us. It may vary, but I would first make contact with the dog teams in your area -- there could be more than one, could have specialized teams, etc-- and see first if you like the team, they will be able to guide you.

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Did you want to get involved with these lines of work or do you think you have a dog that would do well so want it evaluated?
For a dog I have that I feel would do really well, based on what I do know & see.
I just would prefer to have a more knowledgeable person evaluate her & get their thoughts also, before trying to place her as a SAR or detection prospect.

There isn't a SAR team close to me, so looking for other options.


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I don't know about detection work per se, but SAR work requires so many different factors from scenting capability to working the scent cone to ranging from the handler to agility to some obedience, to prey drive, hunt drive.... If you are really serious you would have to drive and find evaluators in the fields you are interested in. IMHO

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TXTF1 created a fairly decent prospect screening test. Should be able to find it on Disasterdog.org. Could at least give you an idea if what you think is what you have.

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I know that there are training books out there too that talk about dog selection. You could check some of those out.

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Thanks, I've read up on how to evaluate for SAR, scent detection, etc.
I do know how to correctly read & evaluate a drives in a dog.

Just was hoping to find a human to connect with, LOL


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We use the test on disasterdog.org for dogs we are considering for our own team. It is a good test for air scent / cadaver dogs. Some of the trailing dogs, not so much.

Push the temperament testing as well. If the dog can't be around other dogs and all kinds of crazy stuff and experience new things without hesitation then go no further.

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