We ask a great deal of the dogs working search-and-rescue.
SAR dogs must be independent thinkers even as they are collaborative partners, should exhibit high drive for the job, while at the same time possess the physical and psychological stamina the work may demand. They should be communicative, confident and polite. Focused on task and still situationally aware. Stubborn when they have to be. Obedient when they don’t
What does she know, I wonder, a friend on the Internet asks about my search dog. She has caught me online in real time. She wants to know what I know also: if we are going to Haiti, Puzzle and I, if she can send something, do something – anything at all. She has offered […]
On a wilderness search, crashing through brush in the dark, we have little time to make note of the flora and fauna that don’t actually reach out and trip us, bind us, or smack us across the forehead. Terrain on searches is something to be got through. We look at maps and satellite images and try to strategize, frame the hazards for lost persons. We know that terrain may be the problem