Search And Rescue — Jr. Handler Program

by Mr. Taleteller on

In order to promote interest in the field of K-9 search and rescue, encourage responsible pet ownership and encourage community service our team has recently started a Jr. Handler program.

Junior handler programs provide youth with opportunities to improve their handling skills, practice good sportsmanship and get hands-on experience that touches many facets of their lives should they decide to continue and volunteer with our or any other K-9 Search and Rescue teams in the future.  We are starting small and with one of our teams children.  This will give us the opportunity to work on program and make adjustments.

Our last training was one of the mandatory, all staff, training.  You know, the one that continues on forever going over the same policies we’ve heard over the many years of team membership.  So we took the opportunity to introduce the program to the others.  Meet our first Jr. Handler, Erica and her dog Halo.

Jr. Handler and her dog

Jr. Handler and her dog Halo. (photo courtesy of McLean County EMA’s Facebook page).


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  • Sue Dyer

    What a great idea. Hope Erica and the beautiful Halo do well.

    Hope you have a nice weekend. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • SGilbert

    Awesome! Great getting kids a chance with their dogs in the Handler program.

  • Vicky

    That’s great! Good luck with the program.