Search and Rescue Saturday — Hot Weather

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It is that time of the year again, Summer, and much to my discomfort that means hot weather and training. The training doesn’t stop just because the temperature is hotter than a frogs leg in a frying pan.  However, we as trainers and dog owners need to make sure the necessary precautions are taken to […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Handler Selection

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Some interesting things can sometimes come out of Facebook.  Lately there has been a discussion on what type of person a team would want as a K-9 handler.  I thought this could be a good blog topic, handler selection. In the past I’ve blogged about dog selection.  That is what we as a team look […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Engagement

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After last week’s post, the Chief Editor asked me if I had ever blogged about what engagement is.  She stated that I had brought it up in last week’s post but did not explain it.  After a brief look back at some older posts I was not able to find a blog post about engagement. […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Two of the World’s Best

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Last weekend I found myself in Indiana helping at a SDONA (Search Dog Organization of North America) training.  SDONA had brought in Brigitte Versterre and Petra Grothe from the Netherlands.  These two ladies are two of the world’s best.  Both hold numerous World Champion titles in IPO (International Prüfungs-Ordnung) and the IRO (International Rescue Dog […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Küster’s New Ride

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Well readers, it has finally happened.  Küster has a new ride.  After many years of riding to training and deployments in the old Buick, it was finally on its last leg.  Okay, if you actually know the car I am speaking of you would understand that it has always been on its last leg. Bought […]

Search And Rescue Saturday–Body Language

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All dogs show Body Language Indicators. Our job as the handler is to understand the picture of K-9’s body; decode and interpret the message. Then, relay the message of what the dogs are telling us to the search managers. This assists them in running the search operation insuring that the search is efficient and effective. […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — RIP K9 Redden

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Today I bring the readers of TalesAndTails.com very sad news.  If you follow the blog’s Facebook page you will know that this past Tuesday K9 Redden went missing from his yard.  After a large scale effort to find him, K9 Redden was found on Thursday.  He had been struck by a vehicle and killed. We first […]

Search And Rescue Saturday–SDONA Building Search

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Today’s topic — building searches.  This weekend Küster and I find ourselves helping one of our favorite search associations, Search Dog Organization of North America (SDONA).  Searching in old empty buildings is actually something that our team does quite a bit. The oddities of how the scent travels in a building really makes dogs work […]