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I'm trying to get hooked up with an SAR group in eastern Washington state or Post Falls/Couer D'alene area; I dont have a working puppy yet but am looking into what I need to do to get certified, training requirements etc. Pup will hopefully be an agility prospect and comes from some good tracking noses; I have an intermittent schedule that allows me to spend a ton of time training for a couple weeks at a time and then more limited for the next couple weeks. (Rinse, repeat!) Current dog gets out weekly for formal training and we do stuff around the house as well as being avid hikers and campers. :) If any of you can get me in contact with a local group or can direct me to books or videos I would appreciate the help! I believe I need my EMT-B/Wilderness first aid cert but beyond that not sure what I can do while I am waiting for puppy.

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Hey! I'm in Chewelah, Eastern WA (about 50 miles north of Spokane).. I haven't been able to start with Intermountain Search and Rescue (k-9, I had several years ago with the mounted unit trained with them) yet, as family situations have recently occurred (and now my pup is fighting pano argh!) but I will as soon as her bout is over. The breeder I got my girl from breeds for SAR... I. E., temperament, soundness, drive for scent. Areli' mom is kind of a legend in Idaho and her dad is certified cadaver... If you are interested I can give you info... The scent I work I've been doing at home with her have shown she is a chip off the ol' block and I am excited!! Anyhow, welcome!

Pix of Areli...
 

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Ooh pretty girl! I will lyk if my breeder doesn't work out, there are pups on the ground now and I'm just waiting to see if the right puppy for my family is in the mix. :)
Hmm I contacted INSAR who sent me to SCDT who won't return my emails. :/ Do you know what requirements are for your group with regards to monthly attendance, certifications, etc.? I have a lot to learn just about the search part; grids and wind and the way scent is detected. Would love to go get "lost in the woods" for other dogs to find and get a feel for how everything works, but having trouble connecting. I would love to be nationally certified in urban and wilderness situations but there is a lot to learn!! And, the dog has to be the right fit! The working line I am interested in has several dogs known for passing on good tracking noses as well as HRD and SAR certs.

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Excellent :) I hope your pup is in this litter :) If not, then I believe March is when the next litter will whelp... Anyhow, I will contact my breeder who actively works her dogs in SAR through Intermountain... Not sure why you were sent elsewhere.. Hmm. Well I well get some info and get back to ya :). By the way, my name is Misty.
 

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Uh, not sure, I do it all off my phone. However, I believe if you look at the upper right corner where your user name is, there is a control panel and you can pm me from there...
 

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Hi, I'm also from Eastern Washington and planning on training up in the Spokane area with my pup this year occasionally. I'm with Walla Walla County SAR. Agreed Intermountain Search Dogs are the people to get in touch with.

In our county, you need become certified ground team before you can join the K-9 unit. You also learn a lot, make connections, and get field experience this way. It's better to learn the basics of SAR before adding a dog.

INSAR is an extension of the Spokane County Sheriff's Dept and they might also be a good resource for you. There are some online courses with FEMA you have to take and that would give you something to do while you are trying to get everything arranged. :) Drop me a line any time!
 

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Hineni, our team is still small and does not have all disciplines yet, so I am reaching out to handlers on other teams for advice and to observe. I want to train in air scent, which we don't currently have. It's a long drive but I've done it for dog shows before. :)
 

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Awesome! Hope to see you there some time :) I was hoping to start this month, but my girl is battling a bout of pano, so she is laid up for a bit... Probably a good thing, as this has been a weird month for my family, lol.. Otherwise I would have gone and been a helper or observed..
 

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Nice to see the folks in that area connecting :).
 

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Thanks, me too (her too, haha)

Jocoyn - it is nice :) Didn't realize how many were so close.. I bet you've met others on this site and not known it at seminars or training meetings... Small world :) What fun :) where are you located? Over on the east coast? (off my phone and it doesn't give much detail)
 

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Yep, I am in the upstate of SC (Greenville area) but one of my teammates lives half the year near Missoula and is active with a team over that way as well.
 

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Oh that's cool (or warm depending on the year ;) )... I bet you have to do a lot of water scent detection training (?), or is your location more suburban/residential with outlying woods?
 

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Sorry thought I had replied. We have a mix. We do have some real wilderness areas but most searches seem to be rural in nature. Water is a big part of it.

What we are seeing here is droves of people doing cadaver. People with direct law enforcement affiliations. There used to be hardly anyone. We have discussed, and are adding live find to some of our cadaver dogs because that has become a need that is not being filled.

So Beau is starting on air scent, while maintaining HR. Right now I am working on making the "report" solid before doing the indication sequence (back chaining of a recall refind)...I am trying to get him to bark on command consistently and use that because when I tried the tug on my belt (kind of like a bringsel) I had to hang onto the deck posts to stay standing....and jumping on me was a bit too exhuberant.

Tough decision. I have always advocated single purpose HR dogs but the need has shifted and he is one of those dogs who can do both. I am sticking with scent-discriminating using an article. [not common out west but more common in the SE]
 
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