Item: Avalanche search and rescue training for dogmasters and police service dogs
Title: Avalanche search and rescue training for dogmasters and police service dogs
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1982 International Snow Science Workshop, Bozeman, Montana, USA
Authors: Sgt. D. G. Wiebe, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Police Dog Services Trainer, P. 0. Box 520, Innisfail, Alberta TOM lAO
Abstract: Dogmaster Training: Dogs and masters undergo 80 days of basic training when the handler is trained to train his dog in obedience, agility, retrieving, tracking, searching and criminal apprehension. Dogs are trained to a praise reward for a job done correctly. The Dogmaster Training Course, Course Training Standard requires that the objectives of each of 28 subjects be met consistently before the team graduates and takes up an operational field position. Avalanche Training: After one year's experience working on actual cases, the team, dependent on its physical location, qualifies for Avalanche Search and Rescue training. Avalanche Course Training: Standard topics include: 1. Searching Snow Avalanches with Police Service Dogs 2. Searching with Probes 3. Searching with Electronic Transceivers 4. Ski Mountaineering 5. Snow Structure 6. Avalanche Terrain 7. Rescue 8. Travel and Transport 9. Glacier Travel and Crevass Rescue 10. Helicopter Slinging 11. Winter Camping and Survival Training for avalanche work is geared to training the man, as the dog with his police training requires little exposure to this environment to relate previous training to searching avalanche deposits. Parks Canada personnel or other outside expertise are utilized as instructors for non-dog related subjects. Our involvement is to coordinate training of their dogmasters and to ensure objectives of the C.T.S. are met by trainees. All Parks Canada dogs and masters train through the R.C.M.P. The total number of avalanche trained teams in Canada is inadequate. Civilian handlers are now organizing and training through the medium of our field dogmasters, Parks Canada and British Columbia's Institute of Technology. We all strive to the same end, to save lives and to be as effective as we can. We must work together. References 1) Dogmaster Training Course, Course Training Standard File No. G57097, The Commissioner, R.C.M. Police. Attn.: Officer in Charge, Tntining and Development, Ottawa, Canada. 2) Avalanche Search and Rescue Training for Dog Masters and Police Service Dogs, Course Training Standard. The Commissioner, R.C.M. Police. Attn.: Officer in Charge, Training and Development, Ottawa, Canada 3) National Research Council of Canada, Avalanche Centre.
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Keywords: rescue, rescue dogs, training
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