LISAR philosophy for canine teams
LISAR strongly encourages that you take the following steps for those interested in training a search and rescue dog:
- Know your puppy's history
- Start training before one year of age
- Read materials on training success
- Build backcountry skills
LISAR does not accept...
- Dogs trained in hunting activities
- Dogs trained in bite work or aggression training
Common characteristics of a successful search dog include:
- High motivation
- Strong Drive
- Physical and mental endurance
- Easy to train
Searching for lost and missing people is about life and death. The people we search for deserve the very best resource we can provide -- a focused and committed dog trained for the sole purpose of finding lost and missing persons.
SEARCH AND RESCUE DOGS
A search & rescue dog consistently and reliably communicates the location of human scent to its handler.
SEARCH DOG HANDLERS
Training a search dog is a long journey and requires a lot of patience, perseverance, and commitment.Handler must be competent in...
- Map and compass
- Navigation skills
- Wilderness first aid
- Dog first aid
- Survival training
- Incident Command System
A handler must be in good health, be physically fit and have the proper equipment for searching.
Handlers spend hundreds of hours training their dogs and becoming proficient in a variety of search and rescue skills. All teams must be motivated and dedicated to ensure their own success.