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
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Last updated: 2 May, 2004