Steps to Becoming a Member
Thank you for your interest in training and working with Long Island K9 Search and Rescue(lik9sar). The following information describes the steps it takes to become a search team with lik9sar.
I. The first step in becoming a search team with lik9sar is your initial interest, and participation in 1 general meetings & 1 training session.
II. The second step is applying to become a probationary member with lik9sar. This period provides the team a better understanding of the requirements and commitment needed to become a search and rescue dog team. It also allows lik9sar members a chance to work with and get to know the dog/handler team.
- The Probationary Member receives the privilege to use the lik9sar yahoo group to get information on training locations and times.
- After a minimum of 6 months a dog/handler team may come off of probation as long as all of the member minimum requirements have been met.
Requirements for dog/handler teams applying for Propationary Membership:
- Handler's minimum age of 18 years.
- Dog's minimum age of 4 months.
- Completed application and statement of purpose.
- Veterinary certification of vaccines.
- Probationary Members are required to attend at least 50% of the general meetings and at least 60% of training sessions (subject to number of training sessions held).
The handler is expected to complete the following requirements in preparation for certification and testing:
- Obtain Wilderness First Aid certification or equivalent.
- Obtain current CPR card.
- Map and compass orientation.
- Outdoor survival skills.
- Prepare for a written and field test on search strategy(sar-tech II test).
- Demonstrate physical fitness and endurance needed for the rigors long term search and rescue work.
- Complete required ICS courses
The dog must:
- Demonstrate sound temperament.
- Show no aggressiveness towards people or other dogs.
- Demonstrate good physical fitness and endurance.
- Demonstrate C.D. (Companion Dog) level obedience. Testing includes:
- heeling off lead, including a figure 8
- non-verbal off-lead recall up to 50 feet
- 1 minute off-lead sit stay
- 3 minute off-lead down stay
- "leave it" command