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Search Dog Information

Background:

Hatch and Judy have been involved with search and rescue (SAR) for thirty years.     Among the founders of Dogs Organized for Ground Search (D.O.G.S.) in Alaska in 1975, they have been on the cutting edge of SAR dog organization, experimentation, development and promotion ever since. They helped pioneer the use of dogs in underwater recovery in the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association in 1979. They were founders of DOGS-East and in California they have been members of Wilderness Finders- WOOF and now CARDA, California Rescue Dog Association. In CARDA, Hatch was the first Vice President and Chief of Operations. Judy and Hatch have both subsequently served on the Board of Directors and on various operations committees.

        They are Life members of the National Association for Search and Rescue, NASAR. Judy established and was first editor of SAR Dog Alert for 11 years, 1982-1992. Hatch headed NASAR's SAR Dog Committee from 1985 to 90. Judy was named an Honorary Angel of the High Lonesome in 1983 and both have received NASAR's Service Award. Hatch helped edit and update NASAR's Managing the Lost Person Incident in 1994.

        Judy and Hatch were on the Advance Team to the Mexico City Earthquake in 1985 and have had dogs trained in all aspects of SAR work at one time or another.

        The two have been invited to lecture and train in search management and the use of dogs at NASAR conferences and other working dog seminars in Missouri, Texas, New York, Nevada, Wisconsin, Utah, Washington State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Mexico City, Maine, as well as California.

         Besides Judy's editorships, both have written extensively on the use of SAR dogs. For several years they were jointly the SAR Dog Staff Writers for Dog Sports Magazine.

 

Here are some of their articles grouped under topics:

 
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General

 

       77 Facts About Search Dogs

 

        Search for Eli -- Hug-A-Tree Bears Fruit

 

        Constructing a Footprint

 

       There & Back Again  

 

        The Thinking Dog

 

        A Day in the Search Log

 

        Past Pavlov & Skinner

 

        Picking a Puppy for SAR

 

                         

 

Airscenting

 

       Training & the Real Thing

 

        The Refind: When You're Blind In the Dark

 

        Some Observations on Weather Conditions and Airscenting Problems

 

       Search Dog Strategy: What's the Plan?

 

Avalanche

 

       Avalanche Dogs: Improving the Odds

 

       Maybe They Should be Buried for a Dog

 

Building Search

 

       Building Search: A Victim's Eye View

 

 

Cadaver

 

       SAR Dogs at the 'Death Ranch'

 

Disaster

 

       Search and Rescue Dogs Are Ready to Respond to Disaster

 

       SAR "Quake" Dogs

 

        Survivors Under the Rubble

 

       Under the Hanging Ceiling

 

        The U.S. Team in Puerto Rico

 

        Here's the Real Poop

      

        After the Flood: The Shadyside, Ohio, Disaster

 

        The Great San Bernardino Train Wreck

 

        Looking for Remains in the Oakland Firestorm

 

        After the Building Fell Down

 

Handler Skills

 

       Training a Search Dog

       

       Ready or Not

 

       Slinging Your Dog

 

       Some Basic Search Patterns 

 

       Watch Your Dog

    

 

Search Management

 

       Managing the Search Function -- the Key to Successful Search Operations

 

        Map Problems

        

         Probability of Detection of Search Dogs or How Long is My Shadow?

 

       Help From Your SAR Dog Unit

 

       A Process of Elimination

 

        Once Upon a Time in Metropolis

      

Scent Transport

 

       Convectional Turbulence and the Airscenting Dog

 

       Scent Transport and Diffusion

 

        Weather Textbook for SAR Dog Handlers               Search Gear  

 

Trailing

 

       The Scent Article ("You wouldn't believe...")   

           

Water Search

 

       Taking Back From the River

 

        Training for Water Search

 

        Underwater Searches Using Dogs

 

        Water Search: Reading Your Dog To the Depths

       

 

 

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