The newly expanded second edition of the award winning book READY! Training the Search and Rescue Dog will walk the reader through the steps necessary to train a dog to do all types of search and rescue work. The book also gives the reader a detailed explanation about how scent works, how dogs use it and what factors can affect it. It covers the special commands that are necessary for the SAR dog, such as back, turn around, crawl through and many more. The book also covers the management of SAR units as well as the politics that are often involved. The reader is also given a brief history of how SAR dogs evolved a description of every type of search that uses dogs, and basic obedience as well as specific SAR training methods. One of the benefits to the dog lover is the chapter that describes the concepts of dog training. This book has been adopted worldwide and is used by many units. It is considered the primary source for SAR dog work.
Susan gives an overview of the book:
Chapter Three-Choosing and Socializing the Dog- "Qualities of a SAR Dog-The ideal SAR dog is: Bold; Calm; Confident; Curious; Eager to please; Not aggressive to other animals or people; Not overly dominant; Of a size and build to handle urban and wilderness situations; People-motivated; Scent-oriented; Young and healthy. Chapter Four-Concepts of Dog Training -- "One of the most important--and most difficult-- concepts to keep in mind is that no matter how intelligent dogs may be or how sophisticated their system of communication is, they do not speak our language. Although some dogs seem to understand exactly what we say to them, they do not fully understand our words."