FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Find answers to some of the questions you may have regarding Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue here. We’ve addressed some of the most common ones below, but if something isn’t clear feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way possible.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue is continually looking for individuals to come out to trainings and hide for the dogs, having fresh faces is a big benefit in training for the dogs. The team is also on the lookout for large private or club properties for training locations. Our biggest time of need is during hunting seasons and in the winter, places with safe areas to park, easy access to woods, and 70% or more of wooded areas. Unique locations that have buildings and structure access, debris fields, and warehouses are also highly sought. We train at a new location each week; this allows the dogs to become comfortable in new and different environments.
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WHATS THE PROCESS TO TRAIN A DOG?
It takes approximately 2 years to train a dog through to certification, once completed then the work really begins. New handlers are offered lots of team supports and resource contacts for training but will need to dedicate additional time for training at home. Maintaining operational status for both ends of the leash and continued training and education will become the forefront for K9 handlers. Many of our members are already working as volunteers or first responders in other fields; fire, ems, ema, dispatcher, county coordinators, risk management. Check out this video for a better understanding of what goes into starting a SAR Dog. Video Here
HOW CAN I BECOME A MEMBER?
Membership involves filling out an application to join the team. We encourage those interested in membership to come out to a few trainings, see what's involved, ask lots of questions. All members must undergo a background check and once all paperwork is submitted; the team will vote on membership at the next team meeting. There are no membership fees or yearly dues, just a lot of time and dedication. Click Here to complete a membership application.