Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Inc.
|General Agency Information|
|Name:||Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Inc.|
|Address:||P.O. Box 2597|
Santa Cruz, CA 95063
|Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:||Call for Times|
|Description:||Prepares handlers and canines to become effective participants in searches for missing people in a wilderness or disaster setting throughout California and the nation.|
|Programs:||MBSD members meet every weekend for training and mutual support. Training locations vary from week to week and alternate between the wilderness and disaster disciplines. Candidates are accepted year round and proceed at their training pace independent of other teams with weekly goals set by the training director.
At the weekly training sessions, new handlers are taught how to train their dog. Skills introduced at training's are then practiced during the week on an individual basis. MBSD uses positive reinforcement training, utilizing toy and food rewards.
Each handler is expected to acquire the necessary search and rescue skills to enhance the team's effectiveness on missions.
MBSD presently trains and prepares teams in two search disciplines, Wilderness and Disaster. Dogs trained in these disciplines do not scent discriminate. They will alert on ANY person they locate. Basic skill for both of these disciplines include obedience, direction and control, handler and canine fitness, and agility.
Most new handlers will need at least two years to certify in one of these disciplines; however, after certification, training for both the handler and the dog continues on a regular basis to keep their skill level high.
|Volunteer Info:||Minimum Age: 15. How would you like to "get lost" for half a day? Volunteers are placed in the woods and found by search dogs and their handlers. Bring a bottle of water, a sandwich and a good book. Radios are provided. Saturday or Sunday from 9am-2pm, it varies each week.
Contactus at 831-272-4729 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Languages other than English:||None|
|Accommodations for Disabled:||Call for Information|
|Public Transportation:||Call for information|
|Eligibility:||Anyone over 18|
|Physical Location:||Santa Cruz|
|This record last modified September 4, 2012|