In addition to the rubble pile we have here at the WDC, we also use an abandoned building near our property to help us to train our dogs.
Building searches provide different scenting conditions then what the dogs encounter on the rubble pile.
We’ve been providing a number of updates about our puppies’down time, and how they’ve been adjusting to their lives as, well, puppies.
But this is the Working Dog Center, after all. In the fall, we’ll be bringing these nine pups into our Puppy Foundation Training Program.
In the interim, two of our college interns, Meghan Ramos and Patrick Robbins, have been doing some very specific exercises and tests with them.
At the WDC, we have a unique foundation training program that serves as the starting point for all of our dogs, regardless of which one of our training programs they will be entering.
As soon as the puppies arrive, they are introduced to tug toys. We play lots of fun games with them to build their excitement for tugging.
Our goal is to build their prey and hunt drives, which are useful as we teach future skills.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will highlight the history of the Center’s relationship with the Search & Rescue community, and give you some insight into our Search & Rescue training program.
The Working Dog Center was founded in 2007, but the seeds of Dr. Cindy Otto’s vision were planted much earlier.
All summer, we’ve been promoting our campaign to get Bretagne, a 9/11 search dog, honored at the Hero Dog Awards.
After advancing to the semifinals, she’s emerged as the winner of the Search and Rescue category, and is now in the finals for overall Hero Dog!