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What is a Family
( From the Family Disaster Dogs Book)
A Family Disaster
Dog is a family pet who has learned how to rescue its family and assist others
during emergencies. To learn these valuable skills dog owners only have to add
a few search dog skills from this book to their daily schedule.
The lessons in
this book will explain how you can teach your family and pets vital skills to
use in case a disaster ever hits home.
When the huge
earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011 the tsunami that was generated spread as
far as the Oregon Coast where I live. Our local emergency warning system and
tsunami sirens had the whole town awake at three in the morning.
tsunami warning I sat prepared and waiting to evacuate with my retired Search
and Rescue Bloodhound, Daisy. As I watched Daisy sleeping on the sofa the idea
came to me for this book.
family dog could assist its owner just like search dogs do. The family dog is
already on site which would save valuable time. Yes, I could teach people how
their family dog could rescue them during earthquakes, floods and tornado.
The more I
thought about the idea the more lessons came to mind.
These are those
lessons penned with Daisy at my side until the end of the first draft like she
would have been to the end of a trail. She helped me start this site. Miss Daisy passed away as this book came
to the end in Sept of 2013.
taught me that one of our biggest fears and chores during a disaster is losing
or finding a loved one. Twelve years spent training them and other dog breeds
in search dogs skills taught me that every dog has the ability to find its own
family members or friends.
Dogs do these
skills on their own every day without us noticing.
family pet to come to the aid of the family during an emergency is not as
difficult as one might think. Our dogs are usually following us around very
willing to offer a helpful paw whenever we need one.
All we have to do
is learn how to ask the dog for help in unusual or disaster situations.
lessons take into consideration that family dogs come in all sizes, shapes,
ages and personalities like the families they are a members of. Each lesson is
tailored to fit into a family situation instead of a formal show dog and
this reason, this book is not the ordinary step by step manual of how to train
your dog to be on a leash doing exactly what you say. Search dogs have to think
on their own like family dogs do while interacting in human lifestyles which
makes a family dog the ideal student for search dog purposes.
Read more in the book and at Family Disaster Dogs online