I took my gsd pup who just turned a year old to a SAR seminar hosted by our local ground SAR group and taught by a central Ontario sar/police k9 certified handler. I am amazed at the ability of dogs to follow a track.
I attended a SAR seminar about five years ago run by a handler from the states and apparently SAR is very different between the two countries - who knew lol. The old seminar was based on air scenting, while this one was based on tracking.
The day started with the trainer holding the dogs while we laid a track and left a toy at the end of the track. I went back to my dog, pointed at the ground and said track and off she went! I couldn't believe it, she just got it. Each track was successful and by the end of the day she was doing aprox 100 meter tracks, on short grass, in the blazing sun, with high winds and following the track. The trainer and the host group were quite impressed with her. She never slowed down, she just kept working. I was very proud of my insanely busy little puppy
We also did some article work which she picked up on quickly as well.
I'm joining the ground SAR ground group, could be interesting as I have no idea how to use coordinates but I guess I'll figure it out lol. I really look forward to continue tracking with her, hopefully our TD can be accomplished this fall. I know the likelihood of her actually being a certified SAR dog is not high, but we can train for it and if we get there, we get there.
All in all it was a fun, successful and proud day!