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Zander and I just finished a 3 day SAR seminar and I couldn't be more pleased! Even though he is just 12 weeks old he did fantastic in cadaver and exceptional in water! I was told by the instructors that I have a special dog and that I have my work cut out for me in becoming a future SAR handler, that can match what he has the potential to become.

I went there not sure what to expect from him but I'm sure I got more! Of course he is only 3 months old so today he only did 2 short cadaver searches and then dug a hole and went to sleep in it, it was the sleep of the dead, we could have all packed up and left and he would have woke this evening and wondered where we all went lol! I was not any less tired!!!

This was my first time being involved with SAR and wow! Was I impressed by the older more experienced dogs! I can't say enough about them the people I met and the Instructors!
 

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Awesome! I'm super excited to see him develop that super nose! :) Is this seminar one that happens regularly?
 

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Glad you had a great time. Remember he is only a baby........don't push him too hard.......foundation, foundation, foundation :).
 

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Awesome! I'm super excited to see him develop that super nose! :) Is this seminar one that happens regularly?
Wind River Search Dog Training puts it on here once a year. I believe... I am new as well so not 100% sure. Janet Wilts came up from WY. and Sam Heigh is local here in Helena. I did here the people who came up from Idaho Falls talking about other seminars they were going to.
 

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Glad you had a great time. Remember he is only a baby........don't push him too hard.......foundation, foundation, foundation :).
You are right! He usually had such incredible drive that he wanted to do more! Now he is on instructor ordered 2 day be a puppy no training orders lol!

Where in SC. are you at? I ask because we had a very good dog from SC. Here at the seminar. I think he said he lives here half the year and in SC. Half the year. He was very good at everything but weak at water, that was only because (as he explained to everyone) in SC where he was certified they don't do more then 2 ft. In the water due to alligators. Here the dog had to swim out about 30 yds to find source and his dog just didn't get that there are no alligators in MT.
 

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I wonder if one of my teammates was there; he lives in Missoula about half the year. Has a black lab named Siyeh who has a bark alert.......
 

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I wonder if one of my teammates was there; he lives in Missoula about half the year. Has a black lab named Siyeh who has a bark alert.......
That was him! We all got a kick out of him giving the bark alert while swimming!

They are getting him qualified for water here soon. I said weak but by the end of the day Siyeh got it and did fine!

Very methodical dog! On the Sunday scenario search he found the scattered body parts!
 

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Congrats!!! Sounds like a fun and rewarding week-end. Mental effort - like searching, can be just as tiring, or even more so, as physical exercise for the dogs, so listen to the trainers, and take it slow. High drive pups often don't know when to stop, so don't be afraid to step and control his work amount to keep him from burning out.
 

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Congrats. SAR is way fun. The go slow part is also important for us. I'm learning as a first time handler that I am the weak link hands down. I have to focus on my foundation too. ;-)

Good luck to you and enjoy.
 
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