Join us for a look into the real world of Search and Rescue K9 training in conjunction with our summer IMAX film, Superpower Dogs!
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We are a team of dedicated volunteers that train weekly to be the best search and rescue team that we can be. The dogs are our personal pets but when they go to work – watch out! They are a force to be reckoned with. They love their job and we love being on the other end of the leash!
We train for what is called ‘Urban Search and Rescue.’ What this means is that our dogs are trained to find people that are trapped or buried in rubble from collapsed buildings or structures. Our dogs are trained to find the smell of EVERY person that may be trapped, instead of looking for one specific person.
Our dogs come from all over – some were picked up as strays on the street and their lives have been turned around and they have gone from being rescued to being the rescuers. Other dogs were purpose-bred and purchased with the sole purpose of training them to be search and rescue dogs.
What qualities do we look for in an Urban Search and Rescue Dog? We look for focus, intensity, fearlessness, and most importantly of all…the desire to work and do the job. While it is a serious task, the dogs love what they do!
We will be demonstrating some of the skills that a Search K9 must have in order to achieve certification and be deployment-ready. These skills include obedience, agility, direction and control, and of course…search skills!