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Chet Earns BH

Chet and Sherri during the off lead heeling exercise A basic team requirement for obedience is to pass the IGP temperament test called a begleitenhund (BH). P-Chet von der Olgameister is Sherri’s current dog in training while she continues to work Reiza. Chet earned his BH on October 18, 2020 at the Turner Junction IGP trial. This is a major step forward to becoming operational. The... [Read more]

Jenni and Levi, Sergei and Mya, and Sherri and Reiza Are Operational

Sherri, Sergei and Jenny celebrate after the last test exercise, night searching GSSARDA has very strict rules. Only dogs and handlers that have met the requirements for training and certification are allowed to be used on a search. We also utilize outside resources to test and evaluate each dog and handler unit. These three units were tested by a sheriff canine handler and a former federal... [Read more]

Hiker’s Remains Found in a Fox Den

Sherri, Lektor, Shane and Belle GSSARDA was called to participate in a search on the north shore of Lake Superior for a missing hiker. Teams from all over the United States and Canada responded. The search was organized by a Nova Scotia team and financed by the missing hiker’s family. The hiker was a novice who tried to return to her campsite alone in the late fall. The RCMP did an extensive... [Read more]

The North Bay Drowning

Lektor tries to locate a scent off shore GSSARDA was called to participate in a search for a missing drowning victim along with incident command and searchers from Nova Scotia near North Bay in Canada. GSSARDA provided two support persons and one dog and handler. The search was financed by an orthodox rabbinical group. Tom, Jim, Sherri and Lektor responded. The search took place in September.... [Read more]

Search for the Caribou Hunter

Posts for searches are difficult. Often times our participation is part of a police investigation. When that is the case, we will not post as to our activities until released by the Law Enforcement organization. Typically that doesn’t happen. By the time we are able to post the search is many years behind us. This post is an example. Lektor on a break The subject was a male who had gone... [Read more]

Are You and Your Dog SAR Candidates?

SAR dogs search for play It is a Team The first question to ask is, “are you in shape or capable of getting into shape to handle rough terrain for 8-12 hours of walking?” Most people focus on their dog and don’t think about the person that goes into the field with them. SAR dogs live with and are owned by their handler. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from walking... [Read more]

Orex Earns BH

Orex displays his medal for passing the BH Begleitenhund(BH) Temperament Test Passed On November 22, 2013 Orex von Tajgetosz  passed the Begleitenhund (BH) temperament test at the Bur Oak Hundersport Club Trial in Long Grove, IL. Orex and Sherri were required to be at the trial by 9:30 AM but did not go onto the field until 2 PM. The temperature was 34 degrees with winds blowing 7-10 mph for a wind-chill... [Read more]

Beware of Weight Control Dogfood

The kernel on the left is after soaking the one on the right is dry I have many blessings when it comes to my dogs including the desire to scarf down their dogfood but a primary one is working with a good breeder. They must be sick to death of my phone calls and questions but there are always supportive and answer or return my calls immediately. Preventing Bloat Due to Dogfood My breeder is especially... [Read more]

Decontaminate Your Dog

    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 in? In winter there is road salts in the summer you have no idea what... [Read more]

Very Good Summary of the German Shepherd Dog

this is a really good summary of the pros and cons of owning a German Shepherd.

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