Search and Rescue Dog Training, also referred to as SAR training, is an extensive training provided to your dog. An SAR dog, when watched performing his duties, is an incredible sight! The dog, if well-trained, has the ability to maneuver any obstacle with grace and elegance. Rescue and Search Dog Training requires a significant amount of time and effort spent by both the trainer and the dog.
Dog Breeds Suited for Search and Rescue Dog Training
Although theoretically many dog breeds could be suitable for Search and Rescue Dog Training, there are some dogs which are more suitable than others due to their innate ability for stamina, endurance, drive, confidence, intelligence level and willingness to learn. Some dogs learn much quicker than others and are therefore easier to train. Breeds which are best suited for Search and Rescue Dog Training include the German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever. These two breeds tend to have a strong willingness to learn, extreme focus and a stable temperament.
Search and Rescue Training
Search and Rescue dogs are often used for a variety of situations. These situations include locating a cadaver or someone who is lost due to disaster or simply being lost. The training for these situations often involves the rescue essentially being a “playful” activity. The dog believes he is playing a game and the end result of completing the task is extremely rewarding to the dog.
Initial training often involves playing a game similar to hide n’ seek. The hide n’ seek game often involves their favorite toy. As the puppy learns, the training becomes more extensive.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.
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