I'm hoping that some of you on this forum can help me re: getting started in SAR work.
I have a 15 month old GSD, and when I got him, I planned to train him to be a therapy dog. We're working hard on basic OB. This dog has been exposed to just about everything I can expose him to in the normal course of things, and he's generally very good. His obedience is getting more solid all the time, although we still have a couple of issues to work out, but they are improving.
Ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated by working dogs (police K-9's, S&R, Cadaver dogs), and since Kodee is my first dog as an adult (I grew up with GSDs), I thought therapy work would be a good, easy place to start. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that I would LOVE to do S&R. Initially I thought "I'll never be able to do that", but then I figured - "Why not? Everyone starts somewhere." (The older I get, the bolder I get. Ha!) I'm probably light years away from getting involved in S&R on a professional level, but I figured it wouldn't hurt anything to at least start doing research.
Today I ordered 2 books: <u>Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, Second Edition</u> and
<u>Training the Disaster Search Dog</u>
Do you think these books are pretty good? Would you recommend any different ones?
What I was wondering is: How do you get involved in S&R Training? Is it a years-long training process, or are their training courses for beginners to get started, at least? What would you suggest I do if I'm really interested in pursuing this (which I am)? I wouldn't have to get paid for it (although that would be a bonus
). I would be more than happy to volunteer if I could become trained and had a dog appropriate for that type of work. I have no idea if Kodee would be suited for that type of work or not, but I'd love to find out somehow.
I'm so excited that I finally got the nerve to look into it. It's been in the back of my mind since the minute I got Kodee Bear. Lately I've come to the realization that life is short and if you want to do something, you should just go for it. If any of you could give me some advice and point me in the right direction, I would be really grateful.
I live near Kansas City, KS, if that's helpful to anyone.
Thanks so much!