I can’t believe I missed the Search And Rescue Dog Training Demonstration and it was held right here in my back yard in Irvine, CA. Also, to make matters worse, one of our Orange County guide dog career changed puppies, Wyler (now called Wiley) was one of the Search and Rescue Dog demonstrators.
Here’s a picture of Wiley from our OCGDA website:
Wyler, renamed Wylie – Male yellow labrador retriever raised by Kathy Tallant and Art Richardson has gone on to become an Urban Search And
Rescue dog with hander/firefighter Doug Van Iwaarden of the Orange County Fire Department. He will continue his training to become FEMA certified.
Search and Rescue Dog Training Demonstration
If you take a look at yesterdays Local section of the Orange County Register right there in the middle of the first page are a couple pictures of Wiley and some of the other Search and Rescue dogs. If you missed the article in yesterdays paper you can check it out online at Search and Rescue Dogs. The cool part about the online article is there are a bunch of photos from the demonstration and a short video.
Check out the short video on Search and Rescue Dog Training Demonstration.
By the way, did you notice at the end of the video the reporter said: “…each search and rescue dog is a rescue dog himself. A dog that with intense training has gone from the pound to saving lives.” I thought that was interesting considering Wiley was a guide dog puppy in training and I’m pretty sure never saw the inside of a pound.
Here’s another picture of Wiley from the OCRegister.com.
Great job Wiley!
After Derby was career changed we had him tested to see if he would make a suitable Search and Rescue Dog. Unfortunately, they said he lacked the concentration and probably would be better suited as a family pet. I’m sure he’s enjoying his life as a pet!
I encourage you to check out the full story called Rescue Dogs, Trainers Strut Their Stuff on the OCRegister.com website.