14th Annual Search Dog Training Weekend

Piney Creek Kennel and the Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists (AABSS) is excited to announce that the 14th Annual Search Dog Training Weekend will be held in Pope County, Arkansas the weekend of May 16-19, 2013.   This weekend will consist of only trailing dogs again this year.   We will be scheduling a weekend for the other disciplines of area search and cadaver work , but we have not confirmed those dates yet.

Deadline for registration will be May 8, 2013.

The weekend will consist of intense field work each day and group discussions each evening.  Discussion topics will include areas such as: scent theory, scent article collection & preservation, case law, canine first aid and search scene safety, working with flankers / ground teams, etc. Handlers will be expected to work together in the field to address any areas of concern a particular team might want to address during the course of the weekend.   There will not be formal instructors -- it will strictly be an opportunity for handlers to work together to work as many problems as they wish throughout the weekend with plenty of people to setup in-depth scenarios and to brainstorm with other handlers to address specific problem areas a particular team might be experiencing.  However, we will have group leaders to help ensure everyone gets to correct locations and to setup specific problems teams within the group expressed they would like to work on, along with having many experienced handlers in attendance.   We also hope to sit up some complete scenarios for handlers that would like the opportunity to work through a problem from call-out to locating and extracting the victim.

The base for the weekend will be held at Old Post Road Park, Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.  

There is no cost for handlers attending the weekend, but a completed registration form is required prior to the weekend to ensure adequate support personnel is available to assist each team with their goals for the weekend.   Each participant will be responsible for the cost of their own lodging and meals this year.   We will have an auction one evening to help cover the costs associated with the weekend and will be asking everyone to bring an item to donate for the auction.  We will also have t-shirts for sale throughout the weekend.

Another new item this year -- we will have Dearil and Donna from Images by Dearil joining us for the weekend.   They will be taking photos throughout the weekend which will be available for purchase.  More details will be posted at a later date.

We are still working on finalizing a few details for the year's weekend and hope to have everything finalized by the end of March, 2013.  If you are on Facebook, we are also posting and updating information as it is finalized on the Arkansas Alliance of Bloodhound Search Specialists page.

Proof of vaccinations and/or titers for each K-9 will be required and will need to be presented at check-in.  Please remember if traveling from out of state, Arkansas law required a health certificate along with proof of current vaccinations / titers for each K-9.  Additional information can be found at http://www.arlpc.org/regs/EntryRegs.pdf 

Pet Friendly Hotels / Motels:

Quality Inn
3019 East Parkway Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
877-424-6423 or 479-967-7500

Super 8 Motel
2404 North Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR  72801

La Quinta Inn & Suites
111 East Harrell Drive, Russellville, AR  72802
No pet fees

Hawthorn Park Inn & Suites
2407 North Arkansas, Russellville, AR  72801

Motel 6
215 West Birch Street, Russellville, AR  72802

Americas Best Value Inn
204 Lake Front Drive, Russellville, AR  72802


Old Post Road Park
1063 Lock & Dam Road, Russellville, AR  72802
Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov

Lake Dardanelle State Park
100 State Park Drive, Russellville, AR  72801

Ivys Cove RV Retreat
321 Bradley Cove Road, Russellville, AR  72801

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Last updated: 22 March 2013
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