Off leash train my dog and enter him into a search club. If for nothing else, for his psyche but he's also been spotted as a SAR prospect by a group doing some sort of trial in our area even though he's not been raised as a working dog.
Keep my hip from exploding. Also, hit the trails with my #1 dog 5 days a week. We'll see how that goes.
That's pretty awesome that you and the dog could do SAR work. I think it would be great to be able to help find missing people. Not sure I could handle the mental stress of working a disaster area though.
What's your dog's breed, if you don't mind my asking? Other than agility, SAR is the only activity that really appeals to me. I don't like the protection and bite work of IPO. It's not something I'm interested in, and it just seems like a huge liability if anything ever happened and it was found out your dog had bitework training (even though the purpose of bite work is to be able to get the dog to let go on command).
Yeah, we'll see how it goes. SAR is a wild world with a lot of people who just don't know what they're doing.
My dog is a Carolina Dog. They're classed as a pariah breed by the UKC (I think), but when raised right, MOST do well with people. Mine is very social, but a little shy at first meeting. Super athletic, smart, and his confidence in navigating obstacles is insane.
Side story: when he was 6 months, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. We're in the backyard at my parents' house, and they're telling me what's up. All of a sudden, from a sit, my dog jumps up onto the picnic table like it was nothing and just starts looking for scratches and saying hi.
I've since stopped that jumping, but the athleticism is second only to a few Malinois I've been around.
If we don't do SAR, we'll do agility.
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