Surely on some occasions, you have observed the work of rescue dogs. Its function is to find lost people in different circumstances and surfaces.
Water, land, forests, earthquakes and different catastrophes are the scenario for this type of animal to apply what they know how to do: help humans.
Without a doubt, there is a lot of talent, discipline and a lot of training behind the way of acting and the performance of these animals whose task is to save people’s lives. But, have you ever wondered what is the training of this type of specimens? Are there races that are more conducive to performing this type of function?
To clear some doubts and learn a little more about their type of work, below we share some interesting information about lifeguards. Are we going to meet?
How do you choose lifeguards?
In dogs, search and rescue work requires demonstrating wide intelligence, great agility, a lot of resistance, confidence and, above all, a lot of ability to listen and respond to the controller.
Many trainers prefer to work with puppies because that way they can select what they are looking for and work on it to make it a much more disciplined dog.
Adult specimens can also be used, but they will have to be evaluated quite carefully to ensure that the animal has no fears or problems related to lack of exposure and early socialization.
The best way to identify the best rescue dogs in the future is to start them in the game. Playing with dolls or the ball with anyone, anywhere, for a prolonged period of time without being distracted shows that the dog has a high level of attention and enthusiasm.
There are many breeds of dogs that can do this type of work but, in general, the most likely to carry out the task effectively are the copies of German Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd Malinois, and Labrador Retriever.
Dogs of other breeds may have the ability, as long as they meet certain requirements such as presenting a stable temperament, training capacity and high concentration.
There are a lot of facets that are involved in the training of these types of dogs. The training can last from 6 months to a year or two, depending on the number of hours the coach spends on the specimen.
But what kind of rescue can this type of dog do? Dogs can be trained for different situations, such as to search for a living person, or a corpse in different circumstances, whether in the water or the desert, in the city or in the middle of a disaster.
How is the training of these dogs?
An exercise is to devote a few minutes to the game of the pull so that the dog becomes excited and wants to go behind this object. One person will stop the dog while the other takes the toy and runs off without the dog being able to see it.
Then the other person releases the animal and orders him to go behind who has the toy. Gradually, the idea is to increase the difficulty in the search. That way, the dog will have to work in larger areas, during different times of the day and on different terrains.
But the dog… how can he find us? Well, smelling microscopic skin cells that each of us continually extemporizes during the day.
In which places can you identify the virtues of this type of animal?
The trainers will perform some search and obedience tests to determine if the animal has skills to develop as a lifeguard dog. The most important thing is that you can listen to and obey your coaches.