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Buried: Avalanche Search and Rescue Dog Training

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Today I was buried, alive, in snow.  Why you ask?  To get this image. This is an avalanche search and rescue dog from the Sundance Ski Area in Utah.  If you’ve never seen one work, it’s really interesting.  A mixture of work and play.  Dogs start early, with a favorite toy.  The toy becomes central to the dogs life.  Beginning with simple tug of war, then moving on to hide and seek.   Eventually hide and seek involves a person hiding with the toy.  After enough repetitions with the toy, the dog moves on to simply finding the person.  Working strictly by scent, under the direction of a dog handler, who is frequently the dogs owner,  the dog is able to cover large areas of disturbed snow pack in quest of a victim.  Finding the victim results in reward.  A well trained, experienced dog can locate a victim in a chaotic mess of scents and decoys very quickly.  This one had me located and uncovered in approximately 15 minutes.  Deer Valley Resort Hosted approximately 30 dogs of varying ages and skill levels in an all day series of burial and recovery exercises meant to test the abilities of both dog and handler.

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Written by fredmarx

February 3, 2010 at 12:38 am