|Search and Rescue|
Phone: (907) 789-2582
Alaska State Troopers:
Q:How are SEADOG members contacted for a search?
A: State Troopers notify the team that an actual search and rescue mission is, or may be underway, the team manager contacts team members by phone. Candidates are encouraged to serve as ground searchers, after they complete first aid, survival and map/compass training.
Q:What kind of dogs can be a SEADOG?
A: Any “working dog” breed can be trained to do search work. A properly trained and experienced search dog is expected to have the stamina and ability to search alongside other search resources for an entire working period. The dog must be non-aggressive, intelligent, sociable and controllable in situations involving crowds, noise, Alaskan wildlife, other dogs and distractions. The dog must have a coat suitable for Southeast Alaska climate, and be of a size large enough to easily move over the terrain, but small enough to fit on chairlifts with handlers and in helicopters. Certification may take 2 years; therefore a dog should be under 3 years of age at the onset of training.
SEADOGS feels that motivation is the single most critical quality a dog must possess. A motivated dog will do almost anything for their reward. Most of the dogs that have become certified have a very strong retrieve instinct. Other handlers have successfully used tug-a-war as a reward for good performance. Food is discouraged as a primary method of reward.
SEADOGS requires one handler for every dog-in-training. One handler cannot train two dogs, but with the approval of a majority of the team, two handlers can certify with one dog.
Q: Can I attend a workout?
A: Visitors are encouraged to attend workouts. Visiting handlers and dogs, certified with other search teams, are invited to join SEADOGS in all training and searches, if accompanied by a handler on the SEADOGS call-out list. Call 789-2582 to arrange attendence to a workout - workout locations change weekly.
Q:What are the requirements for SEADOG candidates?
A: Candidate Requirements
A candidate must attend (75%)of all workouts and get exposure to experienced handlers, and evaluators. Candidates (and certified handlers) must also keep a logbook of dog problems (this can also serve as documentation for tax purposes and in cases of litigation). Candidates may not represent SEADOGS at community events unless accompanied by a current certified handler (or with specific permission from the team). Activities that involve public relations, the media or different agencies must be conducted by members on the call-out list. Any demonstrations must be supervised by a current certified handler.
Demonstrations can be difficult and confusing even for certified dogs, and negative results for both the handler and the team can result from a demonstration gone badly.
Q: What is Required for Certification?
A: To be certified, a candidate must demonstrate an understanding of basic K-9 search and rescue skills, strategy and protocols. The handler must have certifications in advanced first aid (minimum), and CPR and the handler and dog must pass the SEADOGS obedience and search test before being placed on the callout list.
Q: What are the Team Members responsibilities?
Q: What do Team Members recieve as Privileges?
Aggressive (Dog) Behavior – Lunging, Growling, aggressing or attempting to bite people or animals.
Dog team – One dog and up to two handlers
Air Scent dog - A search dog trained to detect airborne human scent.
Area Search – Search for an individual in specific geographic area. The area could be urban, suburban, rural or wilderness.
Article/evidence search – Search for any object or article that may contain human scent, which may be above or below the ground.
Cadaver search – Search for human remains that are on the surface or buried
Handler – The person who controls and directs the dog during a search.
Recall and Refind – The dog immediately returning to the handler after locating the subject or article, and leading the handler directly back to the subject or article.
SAR – Search and Rescue
Scent discriminating dog – A search dog trained to locate the scent of a specific individual after the dog has been allowed to smell an article or object that has been in contact with that individual.
Tracking dog – A search dog trained to follow the ground scent track of a person who has passed through the area on foot.
Trailing dog – A search dog trained to follow the scent trail of a specific individual. The trailing dog is scent discriminating.
Wilderness – An area generally uncultivated and uninhabited and often inaccessible by road.
Water search – Search for humans who are underwater, such as drowning victims.