At a recent joint training with Allynwood Academy students, EVDOG’s Trailing K9 – Eme, enjoyed a great day of running trails with (and after!) some high school students. Here is Eme with her handler, Jenn Culver & participating students.
The students are members of a special ‘club’ at Allynwood – the Dog Corps, and regularly train with members of Eagle Valley. We enjoy working with the students – they make excellent ‘lost’ subjects for the live find dogs, willing to hide in the woods and enthusiastically play with the dogs after the find. Our more experienced students step in as flankers in the field while we train any one of our dogs. They all regularly attend Dog Training classes at Allynwood, and receive specialized training to equip them for Search & Rescue field operations.
To learn more about the Dog Corps program, please visit the Allynwood Academy CHAT blog.
Our 5th Annual Water Workout Weekend was a success! This year hosted by Eagle Valley Search Dogs, Amigo Search & Rescue Dogs, and the Broome County Water Rescue Dive Response team. The event was relocated from NJ to upstate NY where we utilized the comfortable facilities of Dorchester Park in Whitney Point, NY.
Guest teams came from all up and down the East Coast – handlers traveled from as far away as Massachusetts and North Carolina. Training stations on land and in the water were set up for participants, and everyone had ample opportunity to work their way through the stations both days of the event.
We had several young puppies who benefited from the socialization with divers and the strange sights and sounds near the water. The older dogs enjoyed rousing diver runaways and interactive play sessions.
This event could not go on without the work and support of the NYS Federation of Search and Rescue teams and our many event donors & sponsors. Many thanks to the following businesses and local organizations:
EVDOGS members Robert Langendoen and Nina Sorochynskyj attended the Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Council SAR-EX in Manheim, PA with their K-9s this April. Three full days were spent working on Human Remains Detection search problems with experienced instructors, Linda Murphy & John Valvardi of PA Recovery Dogs. K-9s Cayce & Dillon had a great time and really worked their sniffers!