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Getting a puppy can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but it's also very difficult. Your parents are probably nagging you to do some research before making this big commitment. Well, they are right! As cute as puppies are, they require a lot of attention and care.
This question isn't just about how often you'll play with it; it's about how clean the house is going to be! Puppies need constant supervision, not only for potty training (which takes months) but also because it's normal behavior for dogs to chew on things. If you're not able to give your new furry friend the attention it deserves, you should reconsider getting a puppy so soon.
You've probably heard about people who love their dogs but can't even take them outside for walks because of work or other obligations. The dog ends up living in the backyard and oftentimes gets neglected. This is actually more common than you think! You need to take into account how your family's schedule will impact your pup's care before bringing him home.
Not only do puppies require exercise, but they also have tiny bladders! For bigger breeds, this might mean several bathroom breaks throughout the day; for smaller breeds, it might only be a couple of times. If you live in an apartment and your yard is too small for a decent walk, getting a puppy probably isn't the best idea.
There are so many puppies out there to choose from, but don't just pick one because he's the cutest. Do some research on different breeds and their temperaments; some dogs might not be the best fit for your family. For example, if you have kids, you'll want to get a breed that is known to be gentle and good with kids.
This question isn't just about buying walmart fresh dog food and toys (although those can be expensive, too). Puppies require vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and other medical procedures. You should also factor in the cost of obedience classes - which are highly recommended, especially for puppies.
Puppies are a lot of work; they need to be fed, walked, played with, groomed, and given plenty of attention. If you're not able to make a lifelong commitment to your new furry friend, you should think twice about getting a puppy.
This is definitely something you'll need to consider before getting a pup! Unless you have a friend or family member who can take care of him while you're away, you'll probably have to leave your dog at a kennel. This can be very expensive - not to mention stressful for your pup.
Pets require a lot of work and responsibility; if you're not able to handle those things, you should reconsider getting a pet. Owning a dog is a big commitment that should not be taken lightly.
This is something you need to think about before getting a puppy. Puppies are hard to find homes for, and most animal shelters are overflowing with dogs. If you're not able to keep your new furry friend for whatever reason, please find him a good home. It is much more difficult to find another owner than you think!
There are many different qualities we look for when welcoming a puppy into our home. Perhaps we want companionship or loyalty - someone who will always be happy to see us after a long day at work. Or maybe you are looking to teach kids about responsibility through pet ownership. However, there are a growing number of dog owners who are on the lookout for family rescue dogs - who are able to come to your aid should you require assistance or get lost.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to find (and train) the perfect family rescue dog.
If buying your dog from a breeder, ensure that they are a reputable company that you can trust. One with years of experience in the field, which operates with the best interests of their dogs at heart. For example, you might want to get in touch with a member of the team at Smoky Mtn Labradors, who have nearly four decades of experience in breeding happy, healthy dogs.
Alternatively, you could rescue a dog from your local shelter. However, if they are an older dog, training them could be a little more difficult as they will have already set into a pattern of behaviors that can be difficult (though not impossible) to amend. Either way, you should ensure that you set up a straightforward training plan that helps them develop good habits, such as learning how to heel and stop pulling.
Follow our comprehensive lesson plan to help train your dog to become a family rescue dog. Remember, training requires a great deal of determination and patience from both the dog and the owner, and you have to be willing to put the work in if you want to get the best results.
Focus on rewards-based training where possible, where dogs are rewarded for good behavior or for picking up a new skill. This is due to the fact that when rewarded, dogs find it easier to learn what is expected of them as they receive something positive in response to their efforts. Rewards can vary from verbal praise and cuddles to snacks - whatever gets the most positive response out of your dogs.
When training your dog to find you, ensure that you are also aware of the different elements That could impact their training. For example, if they aren’t getting enough rest, their focus levels could be greatly impacted. Furthemore, factors such as temperature and scent can affect working dogs in different ways.
In order to achieve success when training your dog, you should also ensure that they are happy and healthy. For example, you should ensure that you choose the right food for them, give them plenty of exercise and make time in their schedule for fun. For example, they cannot train consistently if they are not given time to cut loose or stop enjoying what they are doing. However, there are plenty of ways in which you can make training fun for your dog.
We welcome you to learn more about how to get involved and train your dog to compete with other dogs as a fun and challenging sport to find a hidden person via mantrailing, tracking and area search plus more with The American Rettungshunde Sport Association. (click to learn more and join)
The ARSA is dedicated to the search and rescue sport. It is incorporated as a non-stock (not-for-profit) corporation in the State of Virginia and is a member of the American Working Dog Federation.
Are you looking for another sport that’s compatible with your current interests?
IPO-R is an FCI sanctioned sport that has many similarities to IGP (Schutzhund) and is an ideal supplement to not only but also AKC tracking, obedience, and agility. Trials consist of two phases – a search phase and an obedience with a dexterity phase.
The sport has 3 levels, an introductory level (V) and the more professional levels, A and B.
At each level, you can trial and earn titles in all the different search options. Furthermore, you can do only search work or only obedience and dexterity at a trial if you prefer.
heeling with changes of pace
changes of position at a distance
carry your dog
heeling over a difficult surface
Get more detailed information about these and other exercises in the international rules at ARSA
Introductory level (V)
Levels A and B.
At each level, you can trial and earn titles in all the different search options – for example A-tracking, A-area search, A-mantrailing, and so on.
You can do only search work or only obedience and dexterity at a trial if you prefer.
Look at the ARSA website for a trainer near you or contact them for how to get started.
As a member and trainer with ARSA , I'm available to help train you and your dog via online, phone and email with in-person training workshops starting in the spring of 2022 so feel free to contact me via the contact page here at Family Disaster Dogs.
Have you thought of learning how to find people with a dog?
Pictured is my dog being rewarded for finding the boy
Does your dog need a way to use to burn off extra energy or something to do?
Would you like to give your dog a job to do?
The sport of Mantrailing may be a perfect match for you.
Mantrailing ...is a search and rescue skill set that is quickly becoming popular with all dogs as a really fantastic sport to be involved in.
You and your dog learn to work together as a team .. to find a "missing person" who is well hidden from you!
Friends and family will be amazed with how fast your dog can find them.
Mantrailing is a great fun rewarding sport where dogs love showing us how well they can use their nose.
I have been writing about mantrailing for many years on this site although I have seldom mentioned the actual term of Man Trailing because I was writing to families and the public about training family dogs to find family in disasters, along with other dog skills.
The dog training lessons in Family Disaster Dogs book train family dogs to find friends and family using Mantrailing skills and the lesson in My Puppy Can Find Me children's book uses the same principle of training a dog to find people.
I will be posting upcoming training opportunities, workshops and seminars from different organizations and dog clubs that are welcoming the public to train with them.
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The book features actual working search and rescue dogs from North Scotland Response Rescue International and a multi-talented USA Sport Dog Champion, plus dogs I have trained. A share of sales is donated to help RRI North Scotland aid in the search for missing persons.
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I started this site ten years ago when I began writing the first Family Disaster Dogs book on the night of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. As I sat under evacuation orders myself on the Oregon coast, I started to write these lessons with my bloodhound Daisy because it dawned on me that in major disasters and sometimes missing person cases, we have to take care of ourselves and loved ones until help arrives which can take days or weeks depending on the situation.
As I watched the news I realized i wanted to get these valuable dog training lessons out to the public sooner than the time it takes to publish a book so I started this blog which grew into a website as I added more than 220 pages here at Family Disaster Dogs.
I kept the Family Disaster Dogs book, blog and lessons simple so the public would not feel overwhelmed having to know or learn everything Search and Rescue members must learn. Families do not have to learn as much because they are not going out to rescue others, they are learning from me and my books books how to rescue themselves and loved ones with a dog's help.
As with most things in life, this site has grown to cover more than the Family Disaster Dogs book and lessons ideas I had ten years ago. The children's book teaches children and parents how to use the dog to find mom, dad and the child and the Evacuate with Your Dog's Help book gives everyone a long list of bug-out bag supplies, information on training a dog to help evacuate and what to expect if you have to evacuate.
In the last ten years we have reached people all over the world and given out many Family Disaster Dog certificates for those who contact us and tell us their journey with us. Dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds are helping their families prepare for the worst.
Over the years, this all led to the newest book, Start Mantrailing, which takes me back to the beginning of my own emergency preparedness training and gives you the opportunity to learn even more about how to train a dog to find a missing person and how to advance into actual Search and Rescue work or the new sport of Mantrailing.
Yes, now Mantrailing is gaining in popularity as a Sport too. When I started this site ten years ago Mantrailing was seldom heard of outside of K9SAR or Law Enforcement. Dog sport enthusiast focused on Tracking events not Mantrailing which was exclusively a bloodhound discipline and much different than tracking in many ways. Now all dogs are learning what bloodhounds like my Daisy naturally do.
Mantrailing is becoming more and more common in the public dog world and on social media. With this growth I will be sharing more and more ways to train a dog to find people as well as how to prepare for disasters.
With covid19 hopefully behind us in the near future, next year 2022??? I hope to train more of you and your dogs in this useful natural nose work a dog can do to help us survive as dogs have done for thousands of years.
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I'm not only an author
Family Disaster Dogs is not only a book and site,, its a passion I share with you the knowledge I have gained.
I'm not one to brag, I'm more a teacher who wants readers to rest assured that this site is based on my own actual experience and not a copy of something off the internet lol ...experience I do have...
I've been dedicated to dogs my whole life, and teaching people how to live happily with their pets since my first job in a large show and boarding kennel as a teenager. I went on to be a professional dog trainer and also a professional all breed pet and show groomer. I've owned award winning pet spas and worked with the best in the dog world. I spent over ten years volunteering in search and rescue. 15 years breeding working Bloodhounds, 30 years of German Shepherds and 10 years of rescuing as well as breeding registered Pit Bulls. I was rescuing dogs before rescuing was cool! haha I have worked at several veterinary clinics as well.
I have personally handled thousands of dogs and cats in my long dog career, as well as owned 100's myself over the years.
That's about it for me, how about you? Leave me comment below and tell us about your journey with dogs.
Teams who wish to advance to active duty readiness and operational level to work actual missing person cases will benefit from studying how people behave when lost or taken against their will because the person’s behavior is a very important variable that changes and challenges a dog team’s search strategy.
My dog and I on the trail to a hidden person
Now open for registration. December 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in Guntersville, Alabama
OPEN TO ALL - Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, Enthusiasts & General Public.
Pet-friendly lodging is available at the Lakeside Inn in Guntersville and camping at the Lake Guntersville State Park Campground.
Thanks to RNR Search & Rescue in Springville, Alabama for sponsoring this workshop and coordinating all the details.
Download flyer - http://www.ampwda.com/alabama-2021.pdf
Signup at http://www.ampwda.com/fees.html
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Don't wait too long to signup as class size is limited and will fill up fast.
A truly amazing fact about Mantrailing is how quickly most dogs’ take to this type of training and how quickly the dogs find people. Dogs love to use their nose to find people. The fun part of Mantrailing is that we follow the dog and allow the dog to lead the way!
To Read how to Start Mantrailing, Step by Step..(click to the book's amazon page in all countries)
You and your dog will be finding a person from the first day of training and beyond.
The book is available worldwide and features dogs from Scotland and the USA . The link should change to your country, if not, email me to get a copy sent to you,,, firstname.lastname@example.org
Each training session uses a time tested and proven step by step method for solid reliable success on the trail.
You will learn to read the dog and the dog will learn to tell you what they find. Both of you will have a great introduction to the exciting world of Mantrailing dogs.
Order Ebooks directly from me at my online book store, the author of Family Disaster Dogs book and Start Mantrailing book
Have fun with your dogs today!
A part of the book profits go to Response Rescue International to support their volunteer mission to find missing persons..
For much less than the cost of one in-person class get the book and train to advance level !
All dogs have a natural ability to hunt with certain breeds developed and bred for specific types of hunting.
Bird dogs are bred to hunt birds, herding dogs hunt missing herd members, fox hounds hunt fox, etc.
Bloodhounds are the most well-known and oldest breed of dog bred to hunt people and the breed is classified as a trailing dog due the way they hunt.
Mantrailing is not a new way to train dogs, this way of finding people with dogs has been used by bloodhound owners for hundreds of years. Mantrailing is using a dog’s natural ability to follow cold aged trails to find a specific person who is hidden or missing.
This method of finding people with a dog is quickly becoming a fun way to exercise reactive and high energy pet dogs that need more to do. Similar to hide and seek with a dog, owners of all breeds of dogs are learning how exciting this type of dog work is to participate in for fun and sport.
Mantrailing is best known as a type of K9 Search and Rescue specialty in which the dog discriminates one person’s scent from all other person’s scent to locate the one particular person. Mantrailing is used by search and rescue dog teams or police to find missing persons and criminals. A few prisons today continue to use this type of trained dog and long ago plantations used mantrailing hounds to hunt down runaways.
Location: Harpers Ferry, WV
COMMENT FROM A PREVIOUS PARTICIPANT - "This is a very unique venue with the farm, all the history and the beautiful fall colors, I am really glad I put this on my schedule."
They still have 3 or 4 slots open for West Virginia State Mantrailing Workshop in Harpers Ferry, WV.
This workshop runs from 10/14 thru 10/17, 3 1/2 days.
The first two days are filled with specific task training and running trails with our trainers.
Day 3 is for testing and additional practice trails, if you so desire.
They finish up on Sunday with retests as needed.
They will train on the Harpers Ferry Civil War Battlefields, which are not only interesting but also perfect for running trails with lots of options and different surfaces.
The base camp is at the Hewitt Farm, owned by our host, Bill & Lisa Hewitt. It too has some great training venues plus a large classroom.
Typically the middle of October is a perfect time to visit Harpers Ferry, right now, according to predictions, fall foliage will be either near peak or peak.
Be sure to allow time to check out the various tourist attractions - especially, the town of Harpers Ferry - very scenic, very cool.
Pet Friendly Lodging available at Motel 6 in Charles Town - tell them you are with AMPWDA for special rate - see flyer
Free Camping Available at the Hewitt Farm (No Hookups)
Other full service campgrounds in the area
Don't miss out, sign up today!
I've been busy updating the site, getting the new book published and more as everything opens up again after the last year and half of lockdowns. I hope everyone is doing good as Covid19, Delta and current events continue to affect everything.
Here's some updates to the site's emergency links page.
How are you Prepared? Post answers in the comments...we'd love to hear from you! Be ready for pet medical emergencies with one of these...
Let's enable each family to respond
and do something while waiting for help
during neighborhood emergency and disaster incidents,
extreme weather and terrorist attacks.
Good Luck and Be Safe !