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The woman who runs our agility club trained one of her dogs in Search and Rescue. Her dog won the agility finals at Olympia a few years back but she had to retire him following an injury. She is regularly called out with her dog overnight to search wide areas of Surrey looking for missing persons. She decided to run some fun 'Hide and Seek' training sessions giving us some insight into the intensive training required to become a fully fledged Search and Rescue dog and handler team.

I was in awe of her dog as he displayed his skills, going off into the woods to look for people who had been planted as missing persons. The way he charged back to Kathrin in excitement and pulled on her tug toy attached to her belt and running back to the missing person...forwards and backwards until he could show her the 'body', actually nearly brought me to tears.

We did several exercises over two hours building up to our dogs looking for people......who had tasty treats of course! Rufus did amazingly well. I was so proud of him as he did each exercise faultlessly.

We have a few more sessions lined up for the new year with homework to do in between times .....and we are only scratching the surface of the training required ....just giving us a flavour. What an exciting and fulfilling training that would be though. Dogs are amazing!

Karen xx
 

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I can't think of anything more fulfilling at the moment. In reality I cannot just down tools right now when needed to go on a search because of my family responsibilities .......but in the future? Bring it on. Dogs have brought out a passion in me that I never thought possible. Looking forward to having a jolly good chat with you about it all! :)

Karen x
 
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