Search and rescue is a team effort between the handler and their Schipperke. The team trains a minimum of three days/week in urban, simulated disaster, or “natural” environments, the handler takes additional SAR seminars focusing on search and rescue and disaster preparedness. These seminars are offered by local law enforcement or an office of emergency preparedness. The handlers must also pass a course in blood borne pathogens as well as introductory FEMA Homeland Security courses that are available online. Finally, the handler must pass introductory tracking and trailing courses that include learning scent patterns and the effects of weather and terrain on scent patterns. He must also become proficient with GPS equipment, learn to properly fill-out activity logs, and master the proper handling of evidence.

The skills of search and rescue (SAR) dogs can mean the difference between life and death, especially during natural disasters, mass casualty events, and when locating missing people. We are proud to honor the invaluable service of these dogs and their owners through our Search and Rescue Title program.

Title recognition is offered for FEMA certified Urban Search and Rescue dogs, as well as Wilderness Search and Rescue dogs. These titles may be added to your dog’s record and you may receive an AKC Title Certificate honoring your dog’s accomplishments.

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