Decontaminate Your Dog

August 5, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

  Orex in his baby blue doggles for dusty and brush situations Why decontaminate? Most people will look at this article and the first thought is, “I won’t need to do that.” Sorry, you couldn’t be more wrong. Have you ever thought about what is on the sidewalk or driveway or grass your dog walks […]

Crazy Lot of Fun

January 15, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Crazy Conditions It is 19 degrees Fahrenheit, a cold wind is blowing out of the north at 7-10 mph, and you are excited to be out in it. You aren’t just out in it, you will be sitting still for 30 minutes or more, waiting to reward a dog for finding you. If that sounds […]

GSSARDA Does Presentation to Highland 7th Graders

January 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Mrs. Oshinski, 7th grade science teacher invited Sherri and Belle from German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association to come in and talk about canine search and rescue. The class had just finished a section on forensics. Sherri presented the who, what, where, why and how of canine search and […]

Gryphon Racks Up Titles

December 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan and No Nonsense Gryphon had a busy year racking up his Begleitenhund title, his IRO Rubble A title, and his NIMS  Type 1 USAR certification through IPWDA. First the Begleitenhund Gryphon, handled by a nervous Susan earned his Begleitenhund title on June 17, 2011 at the mid-Ohio Schutzhund Club. Weather conditions were not ideal […]

Ruff ‘n It 2010

November 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On September 19th Susan, Mike, Jim and Sherri along with canines Gryphon, Lektor,  Belle and Rosie participated in the DuPage County Forest Preserve Ruff n’ It day. The event was held in the Greene Valley Forest Preserve. The team demonstrated techniques and obedience used on searches and answered questions from the crowd. This is the fourth […]

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 […]

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