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Winner 1991 Maxwell Medallion
Best Special Volume

ABOUT THE FIRST EDITION

"...the techniques and the case studies here are so interesting that a read will prove rewarding to ordinary trainers and fanciers alike." —Publisher?s Weekly

From the devastation of the World Trade Center to earthquakes in Central Asia, search and rescue dogs have proven invaluable in helping to find victims of disasters?whether man-made or natural.

First published in 1991 to critical acclaim, this newly expanded and revised edition of Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, contains original, updated content. Chapters describe cutting-edge training techniques used for wilderness, disaster, cadaver dogs, and water searches, and by state and federal disaster organizations such as FEMA.

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, 2nd Edition provides:

  • Clear, step-by-step lessons on training your dog for a variety of search and rescue operations
  • Ways to keep your dog?and yourself?safe in the face of disaster
  • Practical information on procedures and equipment for dogs, handlers, and human volunteers
  • The ultimate experience of the interdependence of Human and Dog

Extensive photographs illustrate real-life missions, including images of Ground Zero and the Pentagon taken by ARDA volunteers after September 11, 2001.

About the Author

Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K-9 Hero, is told in the authoritative voice of the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), the nation's oldest airscenting search dog organization. Since its founding, ARDA's standards and training methods have served as the model for dog units around the nation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; Second Edition edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764567039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764567032
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Poe on January 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was great, it helped me be able to learn how to trian my dog to track using the air scenting method. It gives step by step instructions on how to succeed in training you dog to become certified in Search and Rescue. Published by the ARDA you know that the material it contains is up to date and current. The other great feature in this book is that is specializes in ground tracking, air scent tracking, disaster search, avalance search, cadaver search, and water search and rescues. Can't speak more highly of this book, the only book that compares with this book is Search Dog Training by Sandy Bryson.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2003
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I was new to SAR when I picked up this book. It is very well written and easy for the beginner to read, and has wonderful ideas for the more advanced dogs too. It covers all, from tracking and cadaver to avalanche work! A must have for a new trainer!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robin J. Baker on September 26, 2007
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In training any dog, the biggest challenge always is how to 'connect the dots' in the dogs mind for what you want to see repeated and ignore what you don't want repeated. You then move on to giving the dog space to make his own choices based on what you taught him. This book fits perfectly into the philosophy.

I have owned two purebred dogs. Field Springers and Border Collies. Both breeds I had to trust to make their own decisions at one point as both had to ultimately operate off a lead. Establishing that connection is key with any dog to keep them safe, and to keep the enjoyment factor high. I give high marks to this book for making this point.

I disagree with a previous reviewer that this is only about German Shepherds. Certainly the pictures are, but anyone who has ever trained a dog should know that personality, drive, and disposition are all factors in training and that trumps breed every time. If the dog is interested he/she is limited only by his ability to smell.

The strongest part of this book is that it begins with simple puzzles for the dog, then offers more complex puzzles as they gain confidence. Like the writers, I agree that the dog has to want to do this. For my border collie it is now a passion. What I used to call 'hide and seek' with my dog has now jumped to a different level thanks to this book.

I'm grateful to the reviewers of this book who gave this such high marks. It made all the difference in choosing the right one. AND, I chose the right one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2002
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This book is awesome! I have the first edition,and this one is even better. The chapter on Disaster Missions is both interesting and informative. The steps for training to meet the FEMA standards is something I've been looking for, as well as the training for cadaver work. I can't recommend this book highly enough, both for new and experienced handlers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2002
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This is an excellent book. It covers a wide array of SAR scenarios, including the new section on disaster searches. A must-read, from the foremost authority on K-9 Search and Rescue. We all have ARDA to thank for bringing K-9 SAR stateside. A fabulous 2nd edition!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alvin P. on August 9, 2004
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A very well written book on the overview of the selection, training and care of the search and rescue dog. The authors provide addtional information on subjects such as how to form a rescue team (unit) and how to train for an actual incident. Wilderness searches, urban disasters, avalanche and cadaver training, and water rescues are all covered, and the case studies of actual missions make this a very interesting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Rutledge on December 5, 2010
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I just bought the book and immediately began reading it. Unfortunately, the formatting is so horrible that it's distracting from the content. First of all, the font size is ridiculously large --- like reading something written in front size 16. The lines are not always even, and the text is full of inappropriate hyphenation, typos, etc. The pictures aren't always clear, and the figure legends are printed in font size 6 or so --- TINY.

You might expect formatting errors with some of the public domain books available for free download, but for the price of this book, the publisher certainly SHOULD have been able to hire a proofreader. Inexcusably sloppy work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bhavesh on March 14, 2011
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The book is good, but its very lengthy. You can just go through 25% of the book that's sufficient enough.

The focus on the right topics is missing as compared many unwanted chapters could have been excluded.

I wanted a book to learn more about Search and Rescue dog training, but this book is more about its history.

We could say this is the only book on the subject, so my ratings would be medium. I expected much more valuable information and details on SARD training.
This book has only 10% of pages on training aspects.
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