Search and Rescue (SAR) training is an excellent way to build a strong bond with your dog, sharpen obedience skills and improve overall behavior at home. It provides your dog with excellent physical and mental stimulation through a series of fun “hide n’ seek” activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my dog need any special skills or abilities?
Not really. While retrieving, herding and hunting breeds are typically best at SAR, many other dogs can excel. As Cesar says, “Nose, eyes, ears – in that order,” so SAR is well suited for almost any dog. If your dog already enjoys simple games of “hide n’ seek” at home, he will likely love SAR. Most dogs require two or three sessions to learn particular skills and be ready for more, depending on how much practice they get at home.
So we have to practice between sessions?
Definitely yes. The success of SAR training is highly dependent upon homework. For beginners, plan three to seven weekly practice sessions of ten to 30 minutes each. We will teach you how to practice, including how to incorporate obedience, socialization and agility into your homework. Our Agility Training Course
, by the way, is an excellent supplement to SAR.
Does completing this Course mean my dog can help during emergencies?
Absolutely not. This is a beginning-level course that merely introduces SAR skills. Working SAR dogs typically complete more than 600 hours of intensive training before qualifying for emergency work.
Can you help me train my dog for emergency service?
Yes, we can. Depending upon interest and attendance, we plan to offer intermediate and advanced SAR Courses at the DPC. These will provide a strong foundation for more in-depth training. Our trainers can tell you more.