Originally Posted By: Nancy JMy extra two cents would be "I met a woman who is very experienced in cadaver dog and SAR work" How do you know that? She may in fact be, but there are a lot of people in SAR I would not give a plugged nickel for and we have worked with some folks who were "very experienced" "highly respected" yadayadayada- to find out they were actually quite clueless. I guess what I am saying is she may be really good, but you don't know.
She went to the world trade center after 9-11. She is going to get another one of her dogs FEMA certified this weekend... I guess I don't know if she is "very experienced" or totally "clueless" but she doesn't sound like novice.
Originally Posted By: Nancy J Are you prepared for the sight and smell of a dead body?
I am not squeamish. I really was just wondering if it is possible to get your dog to be proficient in both air and ground disturbance tracking. I didn't think it would be easy and appreciate the advice to try for our schutzhund titles first. It makes perfect sense to do so.
I have seen a dead body- I will never forget it. It was on my tenth birthday- the 'body' I found dead was my dad. Without going into details it wasn't pretty. I figure if I could handle seeing my father that I would be able to handle a stranger. I could be wrong, he wasn't out exposed to the elements for extended periods of time, but having dealt with that psychological blow so young I think I am more prepared than most.
Originally Posted By: Nancy J We are not trying to discourage you - I know it sounds like that - just things to throw into the hoppers as you think.
I'm 29, my GSD is 5 months old. Everyone starts somewhere- this is possibly my somewhere. I was excited yesterday having had a door open to new possibilities with a chance for real reward. Schutzhund is a lot of fun, but I also wanted to do something community service oriented. I have talked to a friend whose (now ex) wife was involved in SAR, he left me with the impression that since I work a full time job it was impossible to do. We didn't speak about cadaver dog work. When this possibly "clueless" woman approached me with the thought that I could do cadaver I was excited by the opportunity. I also took it as a huge compliment that after seeing me work this little pup she thought I could become a cadaver dog handler, provided I work hard.
I know I may not be able to do cadaver or SAR with this puppy- I'm checking out my options by meeting with her and making connections to the group. I will always have a GSD and be interested in community service. If I learn more, click with the group and don't freak out perhaps in a few years with this GSD or the next I could be working toward getting certified. I realize cadaver and SAR is the deep end of the pool.
Please don't hold my prior ignorance against me. I have the utmost respect for anyone who donates their time to such noble causes. I just want a chance to make a difference too.
How did you get involved?