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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golden barking at pallet

As defined by the Crime Scene/Death Investigation–Dogs and Sensors Terms and Definitions, ASB Technical Report 025, First Edition 2017… final response A behavior that a canine has been trained to exhibit in the presence of a target odor/scent source. This behavior may be either passive (sit, stare, down, point, etc.) or active (bite, bark, scratch,…

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two people in tyvek suits

FREE TRAINING WEEK #1 Welcome to the first installment of our free training series. While you and your dog are adapting to the new normal of sheltering in place and doing most of your training at home, we’ve got some great training coming your way. It will not only help keep you both in good…

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Golden Retriever at box

“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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My wise granny always says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this case, when life gives you a training field covered in goose poop, time to make some great distraction training. The weather has been nice so our “guests” (approximately 15 or so geese) took off for the day leaving my North field…

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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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