Search dog training held on Grand Mesa | Western Colorado

Grand Mesa hosted a day of training for search dogs last Saturday.

Western Slope Search Dogs hosted the event with Search and Rescue K9 teams from across the Western Slope in a joint training session off Land’s End Road.

Dogs and their handlers worked through a variety of scenarios.

Some of these included working on a scene with a “crashed” ATV with a lost and disoriented driver; several people lost at the same time; Learn about ATVs, UTVs, and other methods of transportation; Working with drone distractions and many other search situations.

Training in the search disciplines of air scent, tracking / trailing and detection of human remains was carried out.

Eleven dog handlers worked with 17 K9s, including members of Garfield County SAR and U.S. Search and Rescue Dogs, with participants from Vail, Paonia, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Whitewater and Grand Junction.

Western Slope Search Dogs is a not-for-profit company that provides Mesa County Search and Rescue Control with trained search dogs.

The exclusively voluntary K-9 team within SARC helps with search and rescue operations, searches for evidence and other tasks as required. Western Slope Search Dogs also makes search dog resources available to other Western Slope Counties and other organizations that request them.

The committed volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and must be ready to respond to a call for help at any time.

For more information, including interest in joining this group, contact Kate Malapanes at [email protected] or Donna Tessier at [email protected] People don’t have to have a dog to take part; members are also required to provide training, grassroots and local support.

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