Keeping a dog search ready is not an easy task. It requires constant training and focus. Increasing certifications is even more difficult. Susan has done just that with her canine “No Nonsense Gryphon”.
In July she and Gryphon were certified by North American Police and Working Dog Association in both obedience and area search. The obedience is similar to the Begleitenhund (BH) but includes hand signals. The area test is two 40 acre sectors. Gryphon hit the scent swiftly and took off like a rocket. He kept up a steady bark alert until his handler worked her way through the undergrowth to get to him.
In September, dog and handler traveled to Iowa and participated in National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) disaster testing (USAR). They passed in spectacular fashion.