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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2019, 10:06 AM
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First thing to consider is his pedigree as he is too young for health testing, temperament testing and working titles. Have knowledgeable people look at it and give you feedback. Is he registered (if not, breeding is out) and do you have breeding rights? Asking because you call him a rescue?

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2019, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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First thing to consider is his pedigree as he is too young for health testing, temperament testing and working titles. Have knowledgeable people look at it and give you feedback. Is he registered (if not, breeding is out) and do you have breeding rights? Asking because you call him a rescue?

Excellent, thank you for the advice! Yes, we have full breeding rights and have his papers and everything. I’ve even spoken with the breeder myself!

He was purchased from a great breeder, but we “rescued” him from the individual who got him him as he was living in a very poor living environment and couldn’t take care of him. 😞

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If SAR is truly where you want to pursue, I would begin now.. Also, it is uncommon for the dog to have two handler's for different disciplines(and yes, for the most part, the dog chooses the discipline(s) and you both will have to certify in the given discipline. I. E., he certified in trailing with you, but husband has him when a call comes out.. LE may still let your hubby handle him (if your hubby has all state core competencies completed, which it sounds like he would with his job) but technically, the certification does not cover your hubby only you and the dog as a team...

Please know I am not trying to dissuade you, just being real. SOOOO many people think SAR as a lark, or as a standby.. It is not. It is truly a lifestyle. It is demanding. It is fulfilling. It is expensive. It is mission calls at 0200 in the subfreezing snowy weather. It is constant training for you and your dog. Once certified the real training begins as now you could be responsible for how a mission goes (dog determining DOT, or giving a negative) and that means lives are on the line.. Yes, it is most definitely a team practice, however, people trust the dogs nose so it better be up to snuff... Not a random training..

Again, just giving a broader perspective to what many misconstrue what SAR is.. Starting your pup right now will aid you in the process.. My 25wk old pup (have 2 other certified SAR dogs in multiple disciplines) is solid in trailing and HRD and evidence. She still has puppy brains at times and I don't expect maturity, but exposure and training are rounding her up and seasoning her for the very demanding and important work she is destined for 🙂
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