What dogs traits excel better in each? How do you assess what type of search you and dog are best suited for (assuming your club needs both)?
Yes, my dog Koda. She is 5 months. A working line GSD.. OP.. Do you have a dog you are interested in seeing what they can do in SAR?
Went out today for the first time. Met the team and got to observe some trail and area searches. It was a lot of fun and impressive. I enjoyed the area searches a bit more however I'm keeping an open mind still. Are just seemed more natural and free but not sure how/if that will change over time. Koda did some runaways (me as the subject). She did well. Had a blast...can't wait for next training session.Have you met with your team yet? I'm curious what discipline you have decided to pursue..
Thanks Nancy. Koda's recall needs work...more challenging out side the home with her in this regard. I will be starting group obedience with her in January. She's now 6mo.They both have their place.Glad you had a great time. I believe air scent is an easier discipline for a new handler but for some, the idea of their dog bounding out of sight range (and even sound range with a bell) can be a bit scary.......Looking forward to hearing about your adventures as a new handler.
Hi Nancy...would love to get some details on your methods. I really need to "bulletproof" Kodas recall. Sometimes its good and other times terrible. I was quite surprised recently when she acted like she didn't hear me and continued to trot off...was unlike her and was quite frustrating.Recall is EXTREMELY important. Also not chasing game and learning to ignore other dogs. We have many deer here and some dogs find them irresistible.
I use a whistle for my recall as the clear piercing sound seems to penetrate that little skull. I made it bombproof with many reps with both corrections and a treat each time (even now) because I don't want the dog to even think when he hears it.
Great that you have obedience going on. She is at an age for starting to push the limits.