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Search and rescue dogs : training the k-9 hero
American Rescue Dog Association.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Howell Book House, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Corporate Author:
Format :


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Winner 1991 Maxwell Medallion
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.

Author Notes

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

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
1 Forming the American Rescue Dog Associationp. 1
2 Before You Beginp. 13
3 Selecting the Air-Scenting Search Dogp. 17
4 Basic Training, Obedience and Agilityp. 35
5 Beginning Search Trainingp. 53
6 Advanced Search Trainingp. 73
7 Handler Standards and Equipmentp. 89
8 The Search Dog Unitp. 103
9 Unit Trainingp. 115
10 Responding to a Searchp. 133
11 Conducting the Searchp. 141
12 Special Applicationsp. 155
13 Avalanche Trainingp. 167
14 Cadaver Trainingp. 177
15 Disaster Trainingp. 195
16 Disaster Missionsp. 215
17 First-Aid for Search Dogsp. 237
18 ARDA Searchesp. 251
Appendix Lost Person Behaviorp. 263
Indexp. 267