Campbell River Search and Rescue K9 members would like to thank Campbell River Community Foundation for the generous donation made to our teams. Every canine search team has two members: a dog and its handler. The best teams train together: the dog and handler work as one. The dog has the nose and the handler has knowledge to help the dog perform its best in a variety of circumstances.
So far, your contribution to our teams has gone to sending one handler and dog team to the Spring B.C, Search Dog Association seminar, where they passed their validation test to become the newest working SAR K9 team in Campbell River. Two other teams went down to Washington State to take specialized courses to further their training. One K9 team participated in a Human Remains Detection course. This is where the dog is trained for above ground and buried cadaver searches. She came back with a wealth of knowledge to pass on to other team members.
The other K9 team took a course in Specific Air Scenting. The dogs are trained to follow the scent of a specific person to the exclusion of all others. Again, he came back able to pass on the knowledge he gained. The fourth team member will be going to a course in the fall with her new puppy to be assessed by the B.C. Search Dog Association and the RCMP to get her official search dog”in training” status (at only 6 months).
Thank you again for your group’s support of CR Search and Rescue. Ian Turner
Pictured from left to right is: Chris Francis (with Macie), Sandy Gammie (with Bear), Daryl Beck (with Keeva), and Natasha Provost (with Spirit).