training a search and rescue or SAR dog takes up a lot of time. You have
to put in a lot of effort to training a SAR dog. Search and Rescue dog
training can take up to two-four segments a week for an entire year or
more. It is a moderately challenging training experience. It requires a
skilled and experienced trainer with enough time to devote to it.
First, you have to pick the right dog. This dog should be around two years of age. Search and rescue dog training requires young and healthy dogs, not old and experienced. You want a perfectly healthy dog that is in good condition. It might be hard to find the perfect dog, but it is important that you do.
It is very important that you and your dog are comfortable with all animals and people. Ok, not every single animal, but many. You and your dog need to get used to being around both genders and different ages of different species. SAR dogs need to know other animals and humans because it will soon be rescuing those animals and people.
Your dog needs to become perfect around traffic helicopters and every other type of obstacle you can think of. Your dog needs to become happy around different terrains such as ice, dirt, sand, and rocks. Your dog will be interacting with many, if not all, of these terrains and objects.
Now, on to the training part. First, I must warn you that you should not become too attached to your furry companion. He might just have to leave one day, so love him, but let him go.
The best game you can play with your dog is hide-and-seek. As she finds her master, give her a treat and move to a more difficult location. Once your dog is perfect at this game, move it outside. To scent train your dog, move farther and farther away when outside, and let him come to you.
Get other people to play the role of the victim and have your dog find them. Introduce obstacles in these games so that they can help the victim who is buried in snow.
Your dog is not the only one who has to learn - you do, too. You must learn to read maps, use a compass, administer first aid [very complicated first aid], use a radio and much more. You will have to hide in tick-infested bushes for hours trying to train your dog. It is very uncomfortable, but it might save a life one day.
It can take up to two years to find a sponsor. After buying all your OWN equipment and finding a sponsor, this price tag can get up to the thousands. So if you read this article and you still feel like you can commit to it, go ahead. You could save a life.
A special thanks to all people with SAR dogs that are trying to help with all the problems and victims in the world. If you have the time, energy, and finances, this would be a great thing to do for your fellow humans in the world.