* FAQs *
RICSAR  To Serve so that others may live.

How long does it normally take to train a dog for search work?

On average it takes about 2 years to train a dog to meet the requirements for basic
operational level. This is working the dog 2 or 3 times a week. The time can vary
greatly depending on the handlers experience and the dog’s ability.

What is an Airscent Dog?

A dog trained to find/detect any human sent.  Airscent  dogs are capable of locating
persons that are lost in wilderness areas or in collapsed structures.

What is a Tracking/Trailing Dog?

A dog trained to find/detect specific human sent (of a specific person)

Do you charge for your services?

No, we are a completely volunteer organization.  Donations are warmly welcomed

What if I want to join RICSAR? Is this a club? Do I have to have a dog?

All of our team members must:
      Have a clean criminal record
      Be physically able to work under difficult circumstances (weather, terrain,
long duration etc.)
      Be able to devote 6-10 hours a week to training
      Attend training sessions for six months prior to becoming a member
      Be able to financially cover the cost of uniforms and equipment
      Become certified in First Aid/AED/CPR
      Become certified in Canine First Aid/CPR
      Become certified in Land Navigation using map, compass, and GPS device

We welcome team members who do not have a dog to help with wilderness navigation and many other functions. You do not need to be a dog handler to be an
effective member of this organization. Support members are as valuable as dog team
We are not a dog training club.  

What kind of dog can I train for SAR work?

Many breeds are capable of doing SAR work.  There are a lot Labs,
German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Border Collies in SAR, but
numerous other breeds (and mixed breeds) are represented also.  Dogs       
suited for this type of work must have excellent temperament, not be dog
aggressive, have physical stamina, and most importantly, be easy to
motivate (usually with a toy, such as a ball.)  This “play drive” is what
makes it possible to train these dogs to happily work under difficult

What is the difference between SAR dogs and police dogs?

SAR dogs are trained to locate lost or missing persons and police dogs
are trained to apprehend persons that are escaped or fleeing
Monica Pritchett
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