a certified search and rescue dog in northern California. She is
trained in live, cadaver, water rescue and helicopter drops. She
found her first cadaver before she was three.
her owner/trainer work with the San Mateo police department.
Working Rottweilers is very proud of our first Rescue Dog.
was told she is the only Rottweiler in California to be certified at
Well-trained search dogs are invaluable in saving lives. They
have located victims trapped under debris from hurricanes and
tornadoes, as well as avalanches, and many lost hikers or
otherwise disoriented adults and children owe their lives to
search dogs. This book teaches what it takes to train a true
canine hero. The emphasis is on handler and unit training, but
principles of obedience as well as handler readiness and
equipment are explored. There is valuable information on
conditioning and first aid for search dogs; also chapters on
organizing and carrying out a search.
by the American Rescue Dog Association. It's unlikely that
many dog owners will have the dedication, resources and
stamina to enter search-and-rescue work. On the other hand,
the techniques and the case studies here are so interesting
that a read will prove rewarding to ordinary trainers and
fanciers alike. Discussion begins with a brief history of
the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), founded in 1972,
which provides its services nationally, free of
charge--"Can you leave work for two or three days at a
time, perhaps several times a month? Can you afford to pay
all your own expenses?'' The ARDA's methods, based on dogs'
sensitivity to airborne scents (as opposed to traditional
tracking) and training methods, are examined in detail, and
guidelines are suggested for forming search-and-rescue
units. Standards are high for both handlers and animals.
Dogs should be double-coated; agile; highly intelligent and
trainable; demonstrate scenting ability; be deeply bonded
with a handler; and lacking an instinct for hunting--a
German shepherd is ideal. Handlers must be strong, stoic,
quick-witted and knowledgeable in areas ranging from first
aid to lost-person behavior. Dog-world devotees will find
this as gripping as any thriller.
Donald C. Cooper (Editor). Fundamentals of Search and
Rescue (FUNSAR) is the only resource that covers Search
and Rescue Technician (SARTECH) III & II requirements.
Providing an overview of all aspects of search and rescue
procedures and equipment, FUNSAR teaches the absolutely
essential techniques employed by nearly all search and
rescue personnel. FUNSAR offers an in-depth and practical
approach to search and rescue and is recommended for all
emergency responders. Ideal for both paid and unpaid
professionals, this resource combines dynamic features
with the latest comprehensive content.
Angela Eaton Snovak. Search and rescue dogs are
invaluable members of certified rescue teams designated
to locate accident victims and lost adults and children
in wilderness areas and at disaster scenes. This book
presents advice and guidance for rescue dog handlers,
with information on how dogs scent, and detailed
instruction on training of both dogs and their handlers.
The author discusses rescue specialties where dogs are a
critical resource in specific circumstances that include
avalanche rescue, locating drowning victims, and
locating both the living and the dead in the wake of
plane crashes, earthquakes, and other calamities.