There really is something remarkable about search and rescue dogs. From Balto, who who was the lead dog on the 1925 serum run to Nome that relayed diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across Alaska to eradicate an epidemic to Taz, an RCMP scent dog who led police to child abductor Randal Hopley – and countless others, famous or unsung, who have saved people’s lives.
Here we discuss the characteristics and training that make up a search and rescue dog.
In theory, Tonga would be a good one – but hes too darned anxious!
We hope you enjoy. Thank you.
Sidra, David and Tongka
Why are search and rescue dogs so important?!
Characteristics of Rescue Dogs
Bear in mind that all well-trained dogs can do this job, including cross-breeds. However, there are more suitable breeds that we often see among rescue dogs:
• German Shepherd
• Belgian Shepherd
• Border Collie
• Labrador Retriever
• Golden Retriever
• Spanish water dog
These breeds have gained fame and credibility thanks to truly unique characteristics. The best rescue dogs have some personality traits that are difficult to match.
They are extremely careful dogs. They rarely fall into the distraction trap. This allows them to do their job properly. These types of animals usually keep all their senses alert for the duration of the interventions. This ensures their ability to complete the delicate task entrusted to them.
These breeds strive to give their best. This causes them immense personal pleasure. Furthermore, it is a guarantee of reliability during rescue and recovery operations. Rescue dogs are proud of themselves. It is as if they are aware of the crucial role in saving lives.
Spirit of initiative
Rescue dogs have a lot of personality. They use their initiative to solve complicated situations. They learn to make decisions and act alone. This will be necessary in the recovery and research activities that will be carried out. This is crucial because, on many occasions, such as earthquakes or other catastrophes, their human guide will not be with them. They must be ready to act.
Finding a person under the rubble is not a simple task. Time, location and many other factors will complicate the search. For these types of operations, a team that is united and never gives up is required. Rescue dogs are trained to insist to the end. They won’t stop until they reach their goal.
They are high intensity animals. They are involved in research, so that this activity becomes fundamental for them. This is vital when it comes to achieving the goal. The commitment of this type of working dogs is truly admirable.
They are very well trained dogs. They usually enjoy a unique resistance. Training is used to endure the hardships and long hours that saving often entails. They are always willing to give everything, without sparing themselves. It must be remembered that, precisely for this reason, rescue dogs have a very robust size and structure.
They are dogs with a very strong sensory instinct. This increases their ability to react to stimuli. Sight, smell and hearing are improved with training, since they are puppies, and man has decided to use them in rescue operations. Finding every trace that leads to people trapped or in need of help depends on their ability to make the most of the five senses.
The character of these dogs is very balanced. They have a very particular way of processing information. Serenity and observation are unique characteristics of this type of dogs. This makes working with them very easy.
They are highly adaptable dogs. This virtue allows them to face the external changes to which they are continually exposed. Rescue dogs are usually very flexible. This will be very important, especially when it comes to tackling climate, land and environmental changes. In rescue operations, conditions may change unexpectedly.