5th Annual Search Dog Training Weekend

The 5th Annual Search Dog Training Weekend was held April 23-26, 2004 in Pope County, Arkansas. Base camp for the weekend was at Camp Caudle. The terrain in the area provided opportunities to train on a variety of obstacles. Some of the features around the training area include: Big Piney Creek, Little Piney Creek, Illinois Bayou, numerous other small creeks and streams, Ozark National Forest, Arkansas River, numerous hiking and camping areas, and urban areas.

Mother nature also added her own challenges during the course of the weekend. Approximately 6-10 inches of rain had fallen in Pope County and surrounding counties the week prior to the training weekend. Participants had to deal with flash flood warnings, tornado warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings Friday evening and through the night. Saturday and Sunday teams attending the weekend were dispatched to assist in searching for individuals swept away while attempting to cross flooded areas.

A total of 10 K-9 teams attended the weekend. Support personnel for the weekend included members of the Pope County Office of Emergency Management and support members from various K-9 Units. Training exercises held during the course of the weekend included scenarios in man-trailing, cadaver work, and air-scenting. Handlers and support personnel also had the opportunity to practice emergency K-9 first aid, navigational exercises, and radio communications. Below are a few of the highlights from the weekend. Please email me to be added to the mailing list or to request additional information for next years training weekend.

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