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Search and Rescue Training

At Zehfuss K-9 Training Center, we specialize in search and rescue dog training to equip them with the skills needed for small-area searches. Led by Matthias Zehfuss, a Certified Dog Behaviorist and Professional Dog Trainer, our search and rescue classes focus on dog behavior modification and developing your dog's ability to locate individuals in various environments.

Course Description

  • Small Area Searches: Dogs learn techniques for efficiently searching confined spaces, including buildings, wooded areas, and other challenging terrain.
  • Explanation And Theory: Handlers receive instruction on the principles behind scent detection and search methodologies, enhancing their understanding of canine behavior and search techniques.
  • Scent Discrimination: Dogs are trained to discern specific scents and distinguish between target odors and environmental distractions.
  • Runaways: Dogs are taught to track and locate individuals who have wandered off or become lost, using their scent detection abilities to navigate and locate the missing person.
  • Find and Re-Find Commands: Handlers learn effective communication techniques to guide their dogs during search missions, including commands for locating and revisiting target scents.
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The course consists of six 30-minute classes (one class per week). To ensure the success of our search and rescue program, dogs must have completed basic obedience training. Dogs should have a solid foundation in off-leash obedience to facilitate effective search missions.

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Enroll Today

Prepare your dog for the challenges of search and rescue operations with our specialized training program. Whether you're interested in volunteering for search missions or enhancing your dog's capabilities for outdoor adventures, our classes provide essential skills and knowledge for success. Contact us today to enroll in our search and rescue training and embark on a rewarding journey with your canine companion.