|welcome team members who do not have a dog to help with wilderness navigation and many |
organization. Support members are as valuable as dog team members!
Q: What kind of dog can I train for SAR work?
A: Many breeds are capable of doing SAR work. There are a lot of 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 circumstances.
Q: What is the difference between SAR dogs and police dogs?
A: SAR dogs are trained to locate lost and missing persons and police dogs are trained to
apprehend persons that have escaped or fleeing apprehension.