* FAQs *
RICSAR  To Serve so that others may live.
Q: How long does it normally take to train a dog for search work?
A: On average, it takes about two years to train a dog to meet the requirements for basic
operational level. This includes working the dog two to three times a week. The time can vary
greatly depending on the handlers experience and the dog's ability.

Q: What is an Air Scent dog?
A: A dog trained to find/detect any human scent. Air scent dogs are capable of locating persons
that are lost in the wilderness areas or in collapsed structures.

Q: What is a Tracking/ Trailing dog?
A: A dog trained to find/ detect specific human scent (of a specific person).

Q: Do you charge for your services?
A: No, we are a completely volunteer organization. Donations are warmly welcomed however.

Q: What if I want to join RICSAR? Is this a club? Do I have to have a dog?
A: 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 a map, compass, and GPS device
other functions. You do not need to be a dog handler to be an effective member of this We 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.