Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero

by American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA)

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Best Special Volume


"...the techniques and the case studies here are so interesting that a read will prove rewarding to ordinary trainers and fanciers alike." --Publisher s Weekly

From the devastation of the World Trade Center to earthquakes in Central Asia, search and rescue dogs have proven invaluable in helping to find victims of disasters whether man-made or natural.

First published in 1991 to critical acclaim, this newly expanded and revised edition of Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, contains original, updated content. Chapters describe cutting-edge training techniques used for wilderness, disaster, cadaver dogs, and water searches, and by state and federal disaster organizations such as FEMA.

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, 2nd Edition provides:
* Clear, step-by-step lessons on training your dog for a variety of search and rescue operations
* Ways to keep your dog and yourself safe in the face of disaster
* Practical information on procedures and equipment for dogs, handlers, and human volunteers
* The ultimate experience of the interdependence of Human and Dog

Extensive photographs illustrate real-life missions, including images of Ground Zero and the Pentagon taken by ARDA volunteers after September 11, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470334515
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/21/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 519,667
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, is told in the authoritative voice of the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), the nation's oldest airscenting search dog organization. Since its founding, ARDA's standards and training methods have served as the model for dog units around the nation.

Table of Contents




1. Forming the American Rescue Dog Association.

2. Before You Begin.

3. Selecting the Air-Scenting Search Dog.

4. Basic Training, Obedience and Agility.

5. Beginning Search Training.

6. Advanced Search Training.

7. Handler Standards and Equipment.

8. The Search Dog Unit.

9. Unit Training.

10. Responding to a Search.

11. Conducting the Search.

12. Special Applications.

13. Avalanche Training.

14. Cadaver Training.

15. Disaster Training.

16. Disaster Missions.

17. First-Aid for Search Dogs.

18. ARDA Searches.

Appendix: Lost Person Behavior.


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Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book sometime after 9/11 (about a year)and trained my own SAR Dog with it. This book is to search and rescue as the bible is to christianity. this has to be the best book on the subject i have ever read. it covers the basics of nearly every airscenting operation you may want to include: evidence, cadaver, disaster, wilderness airscenting, and even water search. This is just a really incredible book and with some 4 years in SAR, I wold recomend this book to everyone who is interested in the subject. It does not cover tracking or trailing, but still teaches many great skills that every tracking and trailing dog should have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until you have a real-life experience it might be hard to appreciate the brave and lethal jobs these dogs have to do. From apprehending crimminals to rescuing debris covered people after a natural disaster, these dogs are the front line. The amazing part is, these dogs complete these tasks just by their acute sense of smell (which is about 1,000 times better than humans and is the sense they use first, followed by sight and hearing.) Normally, when getting trained they are subjected to many scenarios which feels like games to them. That means when out on the field, all of this mostly feels like games. These dogs are exposed to many dangers, one being a story I know about a time when a K-9 unit was dispatched to help at a scene. The dog and the officer found the crimminal, which deciding to defend himself from getting bit, actually stabbed the dog 15 times. Both the dog and the officer recovered fully from this attack, and the dog able to go back to work in about three months. That shows the amazing power of these dogs.