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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Pet CRP Course from Dr Libbie Fort

Hi everyone, 
One of the most important skills we can learn to be ready for emergencies is CPR. ( Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)  This emergency lifesaving procedure is performed when the heart stops beating. 
Freddy says learn CPR!
Studies and practice have proven that Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest. A heart does not have to have medical issues to stop beating, some animals can die of fright or from trauma. Rabbits and some birds are super sensitive and the shock of a traumatic situation has been known to bring on death. CPR immediately does work, I have used it on newborn pups with success too. 
CPR can be preformed on dogs and cats too, in a very similar way as human CPR with the right positioning of the animal and the number of compression and breaths. 
I wrote an article about K9 CPR back in 2012 at the time, there wasn't as much information about how-to do K9 CPR as there is today. I encourage you to make sure you have an educated source to teach you because so much on the internet is fake. 
I'm happy to update you and others about the correct way to preform this life saving maneuver. Today, I want to share some very valuable information and a course with you about how-to perform CPR on your dog from veterinarian Dr. Libbie Fort DVM
On her blog this week she is sharing an introduction to canine CPR where she tells us about the three major things we need to know for successful canine CPR. 
Here's what Dr. Libbie wants us to know;
"I summarize the three things that you must understand. The three concepts that will benefit you or your dog-- if you know and understand these concepts prior to learning canine CPR.
Knowing how to perform EFFECTIVE canine CPR is an essential skill and a vital tool to have in your tool box, because we do not have 911 for our pups. We do not have emergency medical services... yet."
Feel free to reach out with any and all questions.
Libbie Fort, DVM

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Tracking and Scent Discrimination

Tracking and Scent Discrimination

This article explains how your family dog can tell the difference between you and another person or object. This information applies to Family Disaster Dogs, Tracking Dogs and Trailing Dogs as well as any dog who is using its nose to find an object, person or pet.

Scent discrimination can be a complicated and complex subject.

When I was first learning Bloodhound handling and training with my dog Sue, our SAR dog mentor and instructor, Lt. Ezra Roberts explained the basics of scent discrimination to me in what I continue to believe is the easiest way possible.

Me and Sue

I smile in remembrance of Ezra as I write this..I couldn't of asked for a better mentor.

He said, " When a Bloodhound smells a chocolate cake they smell every ingredient of the cake. The flour, sugar, eggs and coco while other dogs smell only the chocolate cake. "

This is the difference between a dog trained to scent discriminate. They smell one scent out of many many scents.

Dogs that are not trained to scent discriminate will search for only one scent, such as, live human scent but not each individual person within that human scent. They will find any human scent and all human scent in a certain search area by air scenting, tracking and  grid working. They will find every person or object's scent they are trained to find, such as bombs, drugs, humans live and remains. They are trained using only one scent article or smell.

Other dogs are trained to find many different scents or a scent they are given by the handler. These dogs are scent discriminating when they find a drug or object the handler asked them to find.

Service dogs who are trained to get the newspaper, slippers and dropped items of their owners are scent and sight discriminating. They know your slippers from another person's slippers.

Bloodhounds are different in that they process the ability to scent discriminate naturally. When a Bloodhound is given a scent article they start looking for that scent without much training at all. The handler gets most of the training and not the dog.

We don't train Bloodhounds they train us. Family dogs of all ages act naturally like the Bloodhounds when they stay close to their owners, follow the owner around the house or bond with a special family member.

These dogs are choosing to discriminate. All dogs can discriminate and they do naturally.
It is up to us humans to take advantage of this natural ability in the dog and teach our dogs what we wish them to find or who.

Cert. Mantrailer " Rea Valley's Incredible Sue" 1996-2008 
Sue's pups went to work as Search Dogs too
14 states in the USA!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Years 2020 from Family Disaster Dogs

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To the World From 

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My Puppy Can Find Me

Thank you to all the dogs and hoomans 
who have joined us this year learning how to find family and help in emergencies!

You are what makes Family Disaster Dogs

author Amber Higgins

Thank you for all the support in 2019 !

Thank you for following, sharing and reading my books and articles at Family Disaster Dogs

Here we go into the roaring 2020's

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Go Dogs!!

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and do something while waiting for help

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extreme weather and terrorist attacks.

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