Wow! What a day! Cooper passed his Type 1/CE today at a test hosted by the USAR Foundation in Collierville, Tennessee. I trusted my dog, supported him with exuberant play and praise and let him do his job... and he rocked it! 3 victims on the Limited Access pile, and 2 on the Full Access, one located in some debris about 20 feet away from the main body of the rubble. I am so proud of my brindle boy, the product of my own breeding program. He received many compliments on his work ethic and temperament.
Once I get home, I will download some photos of the pile and add a more complete description. The hosts and people I met here are all super nice folk. The complex is only 6 minutes from the host hotel, and driving around here is very easy. It is a very safe town, quite historic. I would love to return. Right now, Cooper is tucked up in his crate, snoozing with a full belly and I doubt he appreciates his accomplishment more than simply getting to do what he loves, and be rewarded for it!
The most poignant moment of the test came when I had cast Cooper out and it was clear he wasn't coming up with any further scent. I verbalized it and the evaluator asked "do you trust your dog?" If you followed our experience from the spring, you know how meaningful this question was to me. I responded "yes, I do" and called time, ending our search. Teamwork, baby, teamwork. I do love this dog!
- Your SAR puppy
- Tracking with Fiona and Cooper on November 25
- What I am Thankful For
- Cooper goes to College
- Titan training on November 12, 2011
- Miss Tiki
- other club dog photos
- training pics from November 12, 2011
- Cisco learns to track
- My testing adventure! The travelogue.
- Full Access Pile
- The Limited Access Pile
- Cooper, Type 1/CE
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