What kind of dog is the target dog of the search?
DOGS AND MIXTY
The target dog may be a mixed-breed or purebred dog of any size. It may be of any age, including puppies.
WHERE IS THE DOG?
The search begins by looking for the target dog, using dogs to search for it, and then, after the target is located, bringing the target dog to the person who has been given instructions.
When searching for the target dog, people are looking on their own property and/or in other yards that may be close to the target property.
People are also searching in the woods, around the roads, and along river banks.
HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE DOG?
When dogs are used to find the target dog, the dogs go into their natural habitat and search for the dog. The dogs search for the dog using all the senses that dogs have, including hearing, smell, sight and touch.
Some people have their own dogs trained to do the search for the target dog. Others are using a dog that has no training or experience in this task. The people who are using a dog with no training or experience are following a simple training process to teach their dog what to do.
1. Dogs are shown the target dog and their handler's hand is placed on their head to stop them from running off or barking.
2. The handler then teaches the dog the word 'find' or a similar word or phrase, and commands the dog to sit, stay and/or down. The handler then gives the command'search'. The handler also explains what'search' means.
3. The handler says'search' in a low, calm voice.
4. The handler moves slowly away from the dog, staying with it at all times.
5. The handler says'search' in a higher, more authoritative voice. The handler should stop if the dog's behavior is not what they want, or when they've had enough of the training.
6. The handler then gives the command'search'. The handler should stop when the dog is no longer searching, or if he or she believes the dog has found the target dog.
7. The handler and the dog wait for the dog to come up to them, and the dog's handler gives a reward.
8. The handler then takes the dog and looks for the target dog, giving a command when he or she finds the target dog.
9. When the handler is ready to take the target dog home, the dog should stay with him or her.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO?
You can help.
• Make sure your yard is a place where you can safely walk your dog, and make sure your yard is safe for your dog to play in.
• If you are out walking with your dog, don't leave the dog unattended, but keep him or her on a leash.
• If you see a dog being walked by someone else, tell the owner what you think is going on and call animal control.
• Do not leave the area.
• Report lost or stolen dogs to animal control.
• Do not let the dog off leash.
• Watch your dog if you are not familiar with your area.
WHAT CAN THE ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK DO?
• Train and send search dogs to people who need the assistance.
• Train rescue volunteers to help people find dogs who are lost or stolen.
• Find homes for search and rescue dogs who have completed their work.
• Teach search dogs to be able to find other dogs, other than the target dog.
WHAT KIND OF DOG IS THE TARGET DOG?
The target dog may be a purebred, mixed-breed, or a different breed of dog. It could be of any size. It could be young or old, and it could be in any stage of training. The target dog may or may not be housebroken.
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT AND TR NING IS BEING USED?
The dogs are treated humanely while they search for the target dog. The dogs are used to help someone who has been asked to help find their dog, and it is the handler's responsibility to make sure the dog is treated well.
The dogs are taught to do search work using a training process that involves using the dog's natural instincts. Training begins at a very young age and is always done with the dog's handler, and there is never any force or physical abuse involved.
The handler always treats the dog with respect and is never rough or forceful when teaching the dog the training program.
The dogs are taught to sit, stay and down when they are searching. When a dog is trained properly, it knows to stay and to search until the dog's handler stops the search. The dog also knows to be quiet and not to bark when he or she finds the target dog.
The dog is trained to find other dogs, using a process called 'buddy work'. Buddy work is where the dog is taught to search for another dog, and not for a person. Once the dog is able to find a dog, he or she is then taught to find a person, and not for a dog.
What the training looks like and how many times the dog is trained to search will vary depending on the dog and the individual.
It's the handler's responsibility to decide when the training is done, and when the dog is ready to be released into someone's yard or home.
The dog is always given a reward after a successful search.
If the dog was successful in finding a dog, the dog is rewarded. A dog who is successful in finding a person will not be given a reward because that is not the dog's job.
Dogs are tested on search work regularly to make sure they are still doing it well. The dogs also learn to find different things, including other types of prey.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
You can volunteer for