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Could I be back at SAR?

Ok so not completely back, but I finally made a couple hard decisions, that weren't so hard after all. even after training SAR with Titan for 3 years, I will not train him to certify. I can't dedicate the time for his training and there is still some confidence gone from that incident long long ago. Along with that decision I decided that I don't need to be a handler right now (future is still there!) and can still gain knowledge and experience by volunteering and being a security and back up. Due to my schedule and some resent things going on I will only be able to get out to the team maybe once or twice a month right now. Which explains the timing factor.. just a lot going on in my world, but I missed the team.

Last weekend was the first weekend I went back. Surprised everyone and just showed up. A lot has changed in a year and a half! Some new members. We have a mal on the team now and a king too! They are great. They like the idea of me coming back part time and I told them I don't need Titan trained, but they insisted on at least doing fun small searches with him since he is there and still knows everything. Which was AMAZING by the way. We have not done anything but nose work since we left the team and we did a small search to see where he was at and he did flawless! He surprises me every time! Love that boy.

Anywho.. just an update and to say hi and share where I was at, since I kinda disappeared

Hope you guys are doing well!

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Wonderful news! Any k9 team is always in need of navigators and flankers (or whatever your area would call them) and they are just as important as the handlers. No I in team . Glad Titan was doing well even without practice, always amazing what they retain.. Glad you are back and able to train with your team.
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That is GREAT! It is good they let you keep training - helps keep you ready for that next dog when the time comes.. We sometimes do that because folks often make mistakes on a first dog. Priority goes to operational or near operational in training. It is actually amazing how well they retain it.

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Thanks guys! It is exciting to step back into this world. I really did miss it. It is about an hour and a half drive one way, so that takes its toll on me too.. I think the once/twice a month is perfect for now.

Nancy, it's the same way with us. Operational/near op is priority but there is always a person or two sitting around between searches and willing to train a bit so that is awesome. If anything it gives Titan some fun and training. The team lead is also an evaluator for CGC and said he will work with me and Titan to get him certified That's my goal right now for Titan!

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They know that investing in YOU is a wise thing . This will make you a better handler.

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I don't know how your teams work but is it possible for you to be on a team as not a dog handler? We have a great county team that is fun, rewarding, and cool in its own right. I'm a "ground pounder" now until we are K9 certified. But I love the group regardless and pretty cool being involved in searches for real. Other thing is you can get in the action pretty quickly compared to training up a dog. We had a six week academy (one night a week), evaluations and then you are on the list. Just an idea.

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They know that investing in YOU is a wise thing . This will make you a better handler.
I think you are absolutely right.. in that it will make me a better handler. I think I should have done this to begin with, now that I think about it.

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I don't know how your teams work but is it possible for you to be on a team as not a dog handler? We have a great county team that is fun, rewarding, and cool in its own right. I'm a "ground pounder" now until we are K9 certified. But I love the group regardless and pretty cool being involved in searches for real. Other thing is you can get in the action pretty quickly compared to training up a dog. We had a six week academy (one night a week), evaluations and then you are on the list. Just an idea.
For our team here, I just have to be on the team (show up) and the team lead will assess how I fit in and where to go. As a previous handler, with an uncertified dog, I would still help without a dog in real searches. I still think I could get my SARTECH cert int he meant time. I love just being there, so not working Titan is ok with me. I have accepted this path and am much more comfortable with it. I like just having him there and working on small training while I soak up the knowledge.

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Our state has a 10wk course about 4hrs once a week. That will get you in as a ground pounder if tests are passed. Obviously being a dog handler or equine or snowmobiler etc requires more training and Certification..

Glad you are happy and content where you are at . Being a part of a team that saves someone's life.. Can't beat it
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Our state has a 10wk course about 4hrs once a week. That will get you in as a ground pounder if tests are passed. Obviously being a dog handler or equine or snowmobiler etc requires more training and Certification..

Glad you are happy and content where you are at . Being a part of a team that saves someone's life.. Can't beat it
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