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Search & Rescue - does anyone do this?

Discussion in 'Working & Sports Dogs' started by Annie117, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Annie117

    Annie117 PetForums Newbie

    Oct 8, 2018
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    I am looking for people who have knowledge of search and rescue dogs.

    Background story: I have been involved with training dogs to a high standard for most of my life, mainly gundogs (spaniels, labradors, terriers etc) and also have some experience with working collies. However I now want to try something different. There is a local search and rescue group local to me who I regularly watch train (from a distance) and this is something I am really interested in. If anyone has any experience can they help me with the below questions?

    1. What breeds are most likely to be suitable? I want to stay away from spaniels (I have had a lot of them). I am keen on any type of collie, retriever, labrador, GSD crosses etc. What should I be looking for in a puppy?
    2. What groundwork should I be doing before I may get the opportunity to take my dog to formal training? Obviously the obedience basics, good socialisation, speaking on command?
    3. What can I do to increase my chances of being involved with my dog in the future? I have contacted my local group to offer my services as a human (to earn my stripes) before I can do anything with a future dog. Has anyone got any other tips for me?

    Many thanks in advance :)
  2. kittih

    kittih PetForums VIP

    Jan 19, 2014
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    Didn't want to read and run. I have no experience with this but thought you may be interested in this video clip from a recent BBC series following the lives of 10 puppies. One pup was Jura who was training to be an S and R dog. You might be able to find more video following her training somewhere but this clip does have some tips.

    #2 kittih, Oct 9, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2018
  3. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

    Feb 18, 2009
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    I know someone who's in a mountain rescue group in the lake district and she wanted one of my expected litter to train as a search dog. I picked out the boldest, brightest, most independent, male (she wanted a boy) puppy for her but in the end, one of her other dogs was diagnosed with a serious illness and she didn't think bringing a pup in at the time was a good idea. He went to an agility home instead where he has done very well. My litter were Border Collie x Welsh Sheepdog.
    My training club raises money for SARDA, and you can see on their site about how the dogs are trained. http://www.sardaengland.org.uk/training-information/
    Most seem to be be Border Collies with some GSD's and Springer Spaniels.
  4. adamantis

    adamantis PetForums Member

    Mar 14, 2014
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    Lowland Rescue or Mountain Rescue?

    And air scenting dogs or mantrailing dogs?
    Torin. likes this.
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