It’s hard to train alone, and even more difficult to get searches, so see if there is a search dog unit in your area before you try to do everything yourself. Search for "Search and rescue dogs” and your location.
Recommended reading materials:
·How to Select your K9 SAR Puppy: http://n-sda.org/store.php
·Scent and the Scenting Dog, Syrotuck – general information regarding scent and what it does, not a dog training manual. http://cadaverdog.com/Cadaver-Dog-Store.html
·Search Dog Training: How to Get Started, Watts & Stopper – DVD and manual – How to train an area search dog. Both DVD and manual are the best of the materials available. K9searcher319@gmail.com
·Water Searching with Dogs, Koenig – DVD – How to train dogs for water search. http://cadaverdog.com/Cadaver-Dog-Store.html
·Cadaver Dog Handbook, Rebmann – book – How to train dogs for cadaver search. http://cadaverdog.com/Cadaver-Dog-Store.html
Join a search dog list: http://groups.yahoo.com/and look under "search and rescue dogs”
If you want to join the K9 Specialty discussion list, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to a search conference and/or take a class. You may have to do some searching on-line, but you’ll find some classes listed here: http://www.n-sda.org/
Andy and I only teach occasionally. Any classes will be listed here: http://cadaverdog.com/SAR-Class-Scedules.html.
Contact any of our associates: http://cadaverdog.com/Associates.htmland see where they are teaching or have one come to your search unit to teach a class.