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Training the Search and Rescue dog
Articles Archive - Search and Rescue

This Archive includes the best of the Search and Rescue articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.
  • American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA) features the exhaustive research conducted by Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association to determine methods of dog alerts, scent behaviors and training methods. Read the results in their research report Utilizing Air-Scenting Search Dogs to Locate Drowning Victims.

  • CARDA: Nevada TNT Explosion Search Interesting article on a 1998 explosion and the dogs who worked the aftermath Read the Article.

  • K9 Trainer John Grima explores the strengths and weaknesses of Search and Rescue trainers and training organizations. Identifying the common problems encountered in SAR in North America, Training the SAR Dog Properly: Lives Are at Stake offers recommendations for effectively improving the quality of training and the overall success of the SAR team mission.

  • Dan Comden supplements his training summary with a gallery of photos depicting a young dog's progression through avalanche search training. Learn about the alert, reward, required skills, and training safety.

  • Dave Meek of the Kansas City Search and Rescue Dog Association presents the basic nutritional requirements for the Search and Rescue Dog. Learn how to accurately measure your dog's nutritional needs and provide the diet that will meet his elevated energy requirements on the search.

  • The Absaroka Search Dogs team was called out to assist in the search for a young man lost on the Yellowstone River. Without a flotation device, he had little chance after he was swept into the main current of the flood-swollen river and beneath a log jam. Reporter Chris Dover shares the drama and the intensity of the team's cadaver search on the dangerous river in his photo-essay Searching Big Water.

  • Search and Rescue Dogs by the Novia Scotia K-9 Rescue Team is a good overview of Search and Rescue.Search and Rescue Dogs.

  • The Smithsonian Magazine's abstract of Nothing's Better Than a Live Find summarizes Catherine Dold's intriguing examination of the specialized training for avalanche rescues, cadaver searches, and certification as urban disaster search teams.

  • Search and Rescue Dogs: Training Methods is the ultimate search and rescue text book written by the American Rescue Dog Assoc iation (ARDA). Featuring step-by-step methods based on Bill and Jean Syrotuck's work, this illustrated, hard cover reference and training guide covers scent and handler theory, with special emphasis on training and condi tioning. Detailing water, body, disaster, avalanche, and evidence searches, this book is appropriate for anyone with any breed of dog. Order yours today at the Working Dogs Bookstore in the Search and Rescue Section.

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