Zoe Posted October 12, 2005 Report Share Posted October 12, 2005 I've posted a couple of times about doing SAR with Dylan. Well, we have been to a few of the training sites and met some people and still have to meet some more. It is rather a fragmented organization. It would take way too long to explain here. I will just say that there are two exams - one for wilderness and one for disaster. But even though refind is acceptable as an alert on the wilderness test, it looks like the trainers choose to teach bark alert. I went to observe one of the training groups who seem to be the most serious ( again, too long to explain ). They were doing practice wilderness search. The trainer wanted to see Dylan and we went to an open space with some brush. I held Dylan while the trainer got him to bark for his ball. (I had taught him to bark on command - it was a little difficult at first as I don't think he was comfortable barking at me, but now he will do it really well. I used a clicker and have got him to bark with four feet on the floor for longer and longer times - he did jump up right at the beginning ) Dylan caught on really fast and was lunging to get away from me and to the trainer who had his ball. After a couple of goes, the trainer "hid" behind some long grass with Dylan watching. Dylan wanted to follow and on the trainers signal I let Dylan go. Dylan went and bark alerted next to the trainer - then got to play. This was repeated 3 or 4 times getting very slightly more difficult. Dylan caught on really quick and then had a big play with the trainer at the end. It was Dylan's first time and I thought they would have me as the "victim", but he went after the trainer really well. It all went fine, but from what I have read wilderness search is usually conducted using the refind/bringsel alert. The Japan Rescue Dog Association teaches bark alert for disaster and wilderness. However, the refind/bringsel alert is an acceptable method to use in their test to certify SAR dogs. I like the idea of refind for wilderness. I think the trainer I met would be flexible and help me to teach Dylan refind if I pushed for it. Do you think it is ok to do bark alert for wilderness ? I understand that it may alarm the person being found, but is there any other reason why it shouldn't be used ? Should I push for us to learn refind ? Dylan has already learnt a bit and I don't think he is going to forget it... I need to make some quick decisions. I'm sorry to ask you guys this kind of stuff. I'd really appreciate any thoughts you have. Thank you ! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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