As you might remember a couple of weeks ago our team found ourselves in Missouri doing a joint training with Missouri Task Force One. One thing that I intentionally left out was that there is a new puppy on our team. Yep, you heard it correctly. Puppy. Why did I intentionally leave the pup out? A potential new team member is its own blog post, that’s for sure.
I found it very funny that the Chief Editor wrote a blog post about all the puppies that were around her and I lately just prior to my training. Yes, I knew of the puppy but it is not the same until one meets the puppy.
How may times can I write puppy? Anyway, we all got to meet K-9 Redden. He’s a Dutch Shepherd and just full of himself. Totally adorable.
In a previous post someone in the comment section asked about how you tell if a puppy has potential for search and rescue. Well, that is a great question. But it is a question that doesn’t have a really good answer. The best way to answer that would be to say that you just do not know. That being said there are many things a handler can do to help improve the odds. First, do not be afraid of asking around. Ask the other K-9 handlers and trainers. See what traits you like in their dogs. Ask about where and how they bought their dog. Why, did they go there and how was the breeder to work with?
Take your time. Check out the “parents” for the traits that you are looking for. Do they have drive, and what is their temperament? If there is a litter on the ground, can you see some of the same trait. Are they out exploring and fearless? After that, it comes to the playing, socialization, exposure to new things, and training.