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A BH and Schutzhund 1 at the Prairie State Dog Trials

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The team is pleased to announce two members added titles to their dogs. Wayne and Vello made their first attempt for a Schutzhund 1 title and Shane and Rosie trialed for the Begleitenhund at the Prairie State Dog Club on September 25, 2010 under SV Judge, Gunther Muellegger.

Susan and Gryphon Pass USAR Test

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan and Gryphon certified NAPWDA and NASAR

How Wide is Too Wide?

July 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The wider the sweep the more likely you will miss the subject, the narrower the sweep, the longer it will take to cover the assignment.

Team Demonstrates SAR for 14,000 Boy Scouts

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Four members of the team and their dogs demonstrated obedience, bark and recall re-find alerts, doggy base ball and finding the training aid hidden in one of 3 trash cans. The biggest pleasure came when the visitor got to interact with the dogs and pet them

Thank Goodness Dogs Can’t Read

March 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Thank Goodness Dogs Can’t Read I was reading through the comments on one of the SAR groups listing and saw an entry where the writer was adamant that a handler should not lay their own tracks. It made me glad my dogs couldn’t read since I’ve been laying my own tracks for training for over […]

German Shepherd Tracking: Splitting Hairs

March 16, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Splitting Hairs I will never forget going to a board of directors meeting as we discussed a tracking standard. The first thing that happened was the discussion descended into defining tracking, trailing and splitting the hairs finer and finer. Here is how the definitions went: ¨      Tracking is when the dog follows footstep to footstep […]

German Shepherd Training – Food or Fun?

March 16, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Food or Fun If you go to the Leerburg website, see if you can find his article about the difference in how dogs are trained to meet the RCMP standard versus typical training in the US. It is worth reading. Historically I trained my dogs with food, gradually weaning off the amount of liver tidbits […]

The Search for Christina, One Searcher’s Point of View

June 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Twenty year old Christina was last seen on August 6, 2007 by her friend Eddy Migue. They had gone for a jog in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, Ontario when Christina decided to turn back while Eddy finished the run. They were both novices in a pristine wilderness that can be brutally unforgiving. Dense growth, sharp […]

Maggie Goes Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX)

May 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Maggie Goes Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) This was the e-mail Joanna sent out when she handled Maggie to her TDX title. It did such a good job capturing the joy a handler feels when their canine accomplishes something they’ve been working toward, I didn’t want to re-write it. Joanna and Maggie, we salute you!) On […]

Welcome

January 5, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Welcome to our GSSARD Illinois, German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association of Illinois.   We invite you to look at our articles and requirements and use them to benefit your search, police, fire, or EMA team. Is there a canine SAR subject you would like to develop an experiment to test?  Please contact us. […]

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