Why Keep K9 Training Logs?

cover of K9 training log and pen

If you have been involved with search and rescue for any length of time you are inevitably familiar with training logs. A search of any working dog social media group will produce results regarding training log discussions. Many keep training logs simply because someone such as a supervisor, team leader or well-known trainer has told you…

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K9 Water Training – Where We Go Wrong

HRD Water workshops are among our most requested courses at CFTE. From beginner to operational teams, handlers are always looking for ways to improve their water recovery skills, and more specifically their boat search skills. As a result, we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dogs and handlers. THE PROBLEM Water is…

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It’s All About Balance

During a recent workshop one of the handlers asked me how I divided my time between water, disaster and land/wilderness HRD. I’ve been doing it so long I don’t spend much time consciously thinking about it anymore, but the truth is, it’s a balancing act. I firmly believe that a dog is capable of doing…

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K9 Search Response In The Era Of COVID-19

COVID-19 is sweeping across the nation and around the world at an alarming rate. Information is coming at us every moment of every day. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when data is constantly changing. One thing that will not change during the pandemic is that people will continue to go missing; hikers will get lost,…

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What A Cute Puppy!

“What a CUTE puppy! Can I meet him? He’s so sweet!” After training numerous retrievers for SAR work I’m used to hearing this on a daily basis. Yes, it’s hard to find anything cuter than a Golden Retriever puppy. If you follow my personal Facebook page it’s currently filled with photos of a peacefully sleeping…

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Part 4: Blue-Green Algae & Your Search Dog

Black lab searching off nose of boat

In the final installment of our 4-part series on blue-green algae, CFTE Founder and K9 Handler Deana Hudgins shares practical tips for keeping your K9 partner safe while you continue to serve your community and respond to callouts. What do we know about blue-green algae? Now you know what blue green algae is, why it’s…

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