train search dogs to become Pet Search dogs and become a Petfinder
Pet search dogs are dogs trained to find missing pets.
There are 2 types of training:
- Training disaster search dog
The dogs are searching for missing animals after a disaster, bombing attack etc…
The dogs are searching in “generally” after missing pets under stones, ground, water,…
The dogs run free under the guidance of their trainer and scent the air and the ground.
When they find the place where a missing pet is buried, they give the learned “alert” signal.
Some dogs can be trained to help digging out.
Our pet search dogs first learn to find missing people after they get additional training to find missing pets.
Like the disaster search dogs for missing people that is the most easiest training and search work for a dog (except the under water rescue activities).
Training track scent search dog
The dog search a missing pet by following the track after being given a sample of the pet’s scent. The scent can come from some hair the leash, collier sleeping mat etc..
During the search activity the pet search dogs are kept on a long tracking leash.
This a very heavy search type and you and your pet search dog has to be in good condition.
The pet search dog follows the complete track,.
That means that if a dog has run away and got for example after a rabbit, the search dog will follow the complete track and the chasing after the rabbit.
The run away dog does not stop before fences and do not choose the easiest way:
or the pet is in a panic and do not know what it is doing
or it has been running away and has the greatest time of his, or her life, following all interesting smells on the ground and in the air.
Both implies that a track can lead you and your dog into the woods, fields, rivers, streets, gardens of people,… where ever you can imagine
The pet search dog must discriminate the scent
Like we smell easily dogs, cats, horses but do not catch easily the human scent it is more easy for the dog to scent, follow and discriminate a human track than to discriminate other dog tracks.
The pet search dog is first trained as a people search dog and after as a pet search dog to make the training more easy for the dog
It is important that the petfinder rescue dogs search at full speed,
They run most of the time. This is necessary to gain time on the missing dog, or other pet to catch up and be able to retrieve it.
It is recommended to work with minimum 2 pet finder search teams and to work alternately not to loose time by resting.
This makes that this is a quit heavy search activity for the pet search dog and the dog trainer. Both has to be in good condition.
Petfinder rescue dogs search activities
is ideal for teens from 12 years and plus because they have a lot of energy, a lot of free time, most of the teens like dogs and other pets
and to experience from a young age that it feels goods to help…..
It is also very good to do as a family it strengthens the family bounds
It is very recommended for kids who got the adhd label
Some autistic children can make real emotional progress
Becoming a Petfinder is recommended for everybody who wants to bring happiness to people, especially children and their pets dogs, cats, ,,,,,