Training could even involve traveling cross-country
The SCSARDA requires its members to practice as a team at least 1-2 times per month. The training sessions occur in all kinds of weather and involve different scenarios, including buildings, vehicles, forests, water, rubble, and more. Some members even travel across the country for training conferences and go through the annual recertification process. “Training a SAR dog requires a huge team investment, as well as the investment from the individual handler,” said Hey.