A woman trapped in the rubble of a disaster area, a man buried under tons of snow in an avalanche, a child lost in the wilderness-there is little they can do to help themselves, but call, knock, wait and hope. Hope that someone will hear, that someone is looking for them, that someone will find them and dig them out. To increase their chances of being found in time and rescued, their best hope is if a trained search and rescue dog has been brought to the scene.
Drs. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak have developed an exceptional method of training search and rescue dogs, which they have successfully used for all types of search operations: Wilderness searches, Disaster searches, and Avalanche searches. This book covers their entire training method from basic training through the specific methods required for each type of search operation. Also included are tips on search preparation, safety in search operations, disaster operations coordination, information on the scent capabilities of dogs, and a brief history of canine search and rescue. The book winds up with International Test requirements from the IPO R and a bibliography for further research.