Search & Rescue Dogs

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What is a Search & Rescue Dog & how can they help during a crisis?

A Search & Rescue dog is a Working K9 who has been trained specifically to find people in need of rescue. Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois &  Dutch Shepherds make good SAR dogs. The Malinois & the Dutch Shepherd were bred to Search, in fact they are most happy when they are working. They will search tirelessly for hours & have to be forced to rest by their handlers. They love being rewarded for finding the object of their seach.

The object will be something fun at first like a toy or tube with food reward in it but as the dog progresses, the reward will be finding the person. With a professional trainer working with the dog, even a puppy will enjoy ‘working‘.

SAR dogs are trained from the time that they are puppies. As with any well trained dogs, they are socialized to people & require such exercises as searching in a building, or a vehicle or searching through piles of dirt, rocks or debris and digging until they find a person. SAR dogs can be trained to find cadavers too, these are called Cadaver Dogs.

SAR dogs have been used for thousands of years to help find people. One famous breed is the Saint Bernard; they are used to search for people that have been trapped in an avalanche and their little barrel can carry needed water. Today the dog can wear a special vest with bags on each side to carry anything that may be needed by the persons being searched for, as well as whatever is needed by the dog or the dog’s handler.

Dawn Hoppe K9 is planning a trip to North Carolina to help with any SAR efforts needed in the area.  

I understand how important your loved ones are & that is why my dogs are trained to search tirelessly until they find the people that they are looking for.

Please contact Dawn Hoppe if you or your organisation need a SAR Team.

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