- Honestly represent the dog. Unlike most people searching for pet dogs, those seeking detection dogs are expecting (and hoping for) “a lot of dog”. These are the quirky, busy, wired, active, intense dogs that would overwhelm most pet owners. This dog is bound to be a handful! But being able to convey the ways in which the dog is a handful will be very helpful.
- If you’ve found a dog you’re interested in, but the dog is far away, discuss with the shelter additional evaluation or initial training exercises that they can conduct which are specific to your training program and detection discipline.
- About half of the dogs who are strong candidates will not end up graduating from training. Be sure both parties have discussed a contingency plan for dealing with this potential outcome.
Other programs of interest:
Additional evaluation exercises:
- Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal detector Guidelines (SWGDOG)
- SWGDOG’s guidelines for selecting candidate dogs
- The Brownell-Marsolais Scale: A Proposal for the Quantitative Evaluation of SAR/Disaster K9 Candidates
- SAFER™ Assessment