Learning New Tricks

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In case you didn’t know, January is National Train Your Dog Month.  It’s actually a good idea during a month when we’re usually closed in a lot and looking for ways to beat cabin fever.  I think a lot of people hear the word “training” and mental blocks go up.  A lot of Greyhound people […]

Search and Rescue Saturday–Training Venues

by Mr. Taleteller on

Team Küster is back from the that training slump we discussed last week.  It must have been a combination of the extreme heat, handler’s mindset, and who knows what else.  Our K-9 team members met last Sunday at a Girl Scout camp and went through our paces.  K-9 Küster gave me a look like “it’s […]

Search and Rescue Saturday — Filming

by Mr. Taleteller on

Last weekend Küster and I, along with most of our team, made our way over to Indiana.  If you remember a few weeks back, our team assisted with a SAR Dog Basics weekend put on by the Search Dog Organization of North America (SDONA). As a component of the class SDONA would like to add […]

When Patience Is Kryptonite

by Houndstooth on

One of the things I like about teaching the 4H kids dog obedience is that it reminds me that dogs have different learning styles.  I get used to working with my dogs and I learn what works with them, but hounds are notoriously stubborn to train.  This makes me empathetic towards the kids with stubborn […]

Search And Rescue Saturday–Training Audits

by Mr. Taleteller on

The Chief Editor explained that although last week’s post was good it could have covered two topics.  So with that, let us talk about training audits. Okay, admittedly I am taking some liberties from last week’s paragraph.  I mentioned that I enjoyed assisting in training this is not the same as a training audit, but […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — SAR Dog Basics

by Mr. Taleteller on

One thing that I enjoy doing is assisting with training.  Not working my dog as a participant but just doing good old fashioned grunt work.  Last week I found myself assisting Search Dog Organization of North America (SDONA) with SAR Dog Basics. I enjoy the hands on things like setting up problems for the dogs […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — That Time Again or Nerves

by Mr. Taleteller on

Yep, it is that time again, a month before Team Küster’s trailing certification expires.  That time again when my nerves start kicking in.  We’ve trained, we’ve been out on numerous deployments, this is not our first certification and probably not our last, but it’s that time again. There’s been continued training — trailing, area search. […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Eagle Scout Project

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I have some great news to report this week readers.  After a few months of meetings, last week was our Eagle Scout Project Day. Over the past several months our team has been working with a local Boy Scout and his troop leaders to start a project to assist our search and rescue group.  This […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Continued Obedience

by Mr. Taleteller on

A few weeks ago someone on Instagram asked me about why I’ve been working on continuing obedience with Küster. After a few words back and forth it sounds like they were in the same boat I was in five years ago.  They were going over the obedience or not debate while starting to train a new […]

The Secret To A Recall

by Houndstooth on

I know that some Greyhound people out there who read this post will think that I’m crazy, but one of the things we spend time working with for all of our dogs is the recall.  A lot of Greyhound people think that their dog will never be off a leash and they’ll never have to […]