My boat cert is out of date and I am looking for a new one............we are buying a newer better boat.........there is still a call for it but less as side scan has greatly improved. It also takes up a ton of time on a certification test day and, because material has to be in the water, each time a dog runs the problem odor is spread all over the place, washes over the gunnels and into the boat, and heaven forbid if a dog goes in and shakes off........ so dog #1 gets a much much easier challenge than dog #6
Similar issue with shoreline. We always tell people do NOT reward your dog AT SOURCE during a test. Get away. Wet dog will be carrying odor in that coat.
So is that what IPWDA still does? (the tests..... I know they have an obedience and slight agility component and NAPWDA also has the obedience component). Have not see the IPWDA standards since SWGDOG came along......Is IPWDA land a pre requisite to IPWDA water?
I'm not 100% positive but I was not able to find any prereq for water certs. From my understanding you could try certifying specifically on water without messing with the other disciplines. The pre-requisites, which apply to all certs, are the following:
1. The canine must be at least 18 months of age at the time of certification
2. The canine must be in good health and proof of vaccinations provided at
the time of testing.
3. The canine must be of sound physical structure and temperament.
4. The canine must be of adequate strength and size to negotiate the terrain.
5. The canine must be friendly and well mannered.
6. The handler must produce written training records in the discipline that
they are testing.
7. The handler, at the time of certification testing, should be in good health
and of sound physical structure.
8. The handler must produce proof of certification in basic First Aid or
“higher” medical training.
9. The handler must produce proof of certification in CPR.
10. The handler must produce written documentation of land
11. The handler must produce written documentation of having completed IS100 “Introduction to Incident Command System” and IS-700 “National
Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction”.
12. The handler must produce written documentation of having completed an
awareness course in “Crime Scene Preservation”.
13. The handler must pass written testing with a score of 80% in the area in
which they will certify.
14. Handlers having taken and passed the written test are not required to take
it for a re-certification.
15. The canine and handler must pass the SAR OBEDIENCE CONTROL
EVALUATION prior to testing in any discipline. **
** This does not apply to a canine testing in on lead trailing or Type I, Type II