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K9 Professional Training Series

Training that works by harnessing your dog’s instincts

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak have trained search and rescue dogs for more than 30 years and have taken part in rescue operations around the world. They serve as training directors and international judges for the International Red Cross Federation, the United Nations, the International Rescue Dog Organization and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Based on their decades of study and experience, their innovative SAR training method is rooted in a firm, scientific understanding of K9 instincts.

Step-by-step instructions, dozens of illustrations and photographs from the field establish a professional K9 SAR program to benefit both beginners and experts.

Learn how to:

  • Stimulate your dog’s natural hunting drive for effective SAR training.
  • Start your dog’s training program with an easy, three-step process.
  • Develop skills in a variety of search operations, including wilderness, avalanche and disaster scenarios.

Table of Contents

1. The history of search and rescue dogs
2. Training the natural way
3. The hunting drive complex
4. Training in three steps
5. Simulating interest in the sock toy
6. Connecting the sock toy with human scent
7. Linking the search field and human to the sock toy
8. Wilderness search
9. Rubble search
10. Disaster deployment tactics
11. Building damage typology
12. Avalanche search
13. A serious task
14. International rescue dog tests

With this new book, Ruud and Resi once again make an important contribution to the development of training search and rescue dogs.

Frans Jansen, President, FCI Rescue Dogs Commission

Finally, a SAR book that actually presents proven and scientific training methods, not just a collection of “war stories.” A trainer or handler who follows the advice in this book should find success.

Bill Dotson, President, Search Dog Organization of North America; President, Applied K9 Technologies, Inc.

Every once in a while a truly stellar book comes along and this is one of them.… [T]his is a book that SAR personnel will want to refer to over and over.

Susan Bulanda, National Search Dog Alliance

Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in K9 training and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detector dogs for the Dutch police and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Gerritsen and Haak also serve as judges for the International Rescue Dog Organization.