we are all volunteers, we have high standards for candidates to reach
and for operational members to continue to meet. Therefore, both candidates
and operational members must annually attend at least 75% of all bimonthly
is usually at parks throughout the tri-state area. We train in all
weather and all seasons, frequently at some distance from shelter
and indoor plumbing. We train two Sundays a month.
members will provide guidance and encouragement during the training
process but YOU are responsible for the actual training. We have an
initial applicant stage of training.
weekend training sessions are the time to learn what should be done
next, to have more experienced people evaluate you and your dog’s
progress, to get help with specific problem areas, and generally to
take advantage of our collective experience and mutual interests.
You will be expected to play “victim" and hide in the woods for
hours at a time for other dog/handler teams, as they will for you.
will also learn from our members that there is usually more than one
approach to training your dog at each stage of development. As you
progress, you will need to select the methods that best suit you and
your dog and take care to be consistent in what is presented to your
most search training is done off-lead, your dog will be expected to
learn and show a required degree of off-lead obedience before progressing
into actual search dog training. Any dogs displaying aggression toward
people or other dogs are prohibited and are removed from participation.
Temperament testing is mandatory for all perspective dogs.
more information see contact information below