Thanks for the info, and the great video.
Yes, my trainer is on a SAR team. She used to volunteer for one county, now is on the adjacent county's team (I think she moved...). So she's not just some lady that thinks she knows what she's doing in terms of tracking but doesn't have a clue what's going on in the real world. We live right near the county line. She indicated there is a need. I spoke to a woman in my obedience class who had gone through the process (but her dog washed out, failing the test the maximum amount of times) who indicated that there's a need in one of the counties, and there's a whole application process website as well. So, I'm guessing there's a need. Obviously, we didn't want to call anyone and pursue this if beagles would cause them to
And I do understand the idea of a team, which is why I don't like at all the idea of Dh and my GSD doing SAR work, even if I were willing to risk him. My GSD and *I* are a team, as he's MY service dog. Teams are dog/one person teams as far as I'm concerned, and I understand that concept well.
With regard to insurance, is there special insurance for SAR work? We have tons of liability insurance (homeowners and an umbrella). But I know that, for example, therapy dog organizations want (and provide) their own insurance on top of that.
Having a working dog of my own, I'm not one of those people who thinks that every dog I have is perfectly capable of any task that I put in front of him. I do understand that most dogs are bred to be wonderful pets, or perhaps beautiful show dogs, but nothing more. But if there's a need, and if my dog has a great nose, and if she can be trained, and since my Dh has the time and he does have the wilderness skills. Well, still, that's a lot of Ifs.
That's why I came to you...because I trust that you'd steer me straight, and give me the good information. When I looked at the dog I met in my obedience class, he could barely hold a stay, and I wondered if the owner just kind of wasted a couple years on training a dog that wasn't the right material for SAR work. I'd rather not waste everyone's time if this isn't a good idea, and do something more constructive with her, or at least, something fun like agility, and not waste other people's time. But if she can do good in the world, well, that would be really nice.
So...thanks... I appreciate your insight.