Cadaver Dog Seminar
Last weekend Mana and I travelled to Yamanashi prefecture at the base of Mt. Fuji to take part in a Human Remains Detection or HRD Seminar where Mana could learn to identify and alert to the scent of people who have died.
The seminar took place at an absolutely amazing facility, with both indoor and outdoor dog runs, and even a swimming pool, the Woof Dog Resort and great place for those who like to travel with their dogs check out their hompage for more info.
The instructors are legends in the SARDOG community and actually did write the book on Cadaver search. Andy Rebmann and Marcia Koenig from K-9 Specialty Search Associates have been involved with search dogs for over 40 years and have been to Japan to teach a few times over the years to share their wealth of knowledge.
I want to thank Emi Masuda for all the hard work involved in arranging the seminar as well as the translation, it was wonderful to finally meet you and you did a great job!
A total of 30 people came from all over the country, representing about 11 rescue dog associations and it was really fun to make new friends and to meet with old ones and get caught up.
The seminar was conducted over 3 days and involved both lectures as well as hands on practice, as per the norm Mana was full of beans and rearing to go and she did really well throughout the whole course, she’s definitely built for this!
We used Pseudo Scent 1 and 2 and a variety of other training aids to familiarize the dogs with the scent of human remains of various stages of decomposition.
We first worked indoors on simple problems to imprint the scent so the dogs would know what to alert on and as they got the swing of it we gradually made the searches more and more difficult until we were outside running searches.
It was a really fun seminar and we learned a lot! Marcia, Andy , and Emi were just great and I’m really looking forward to the next seminar. A fantastic experience!
A Year Ago Today
It was a year ago today that another rescue dog handler and I drove into Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture and were utterly shocked at the devastation we were seeing, mud covered streets and debris everywhere and I’ll also never forget the shell-shocked faces on the residents that were still alive.
After we arrived we started to search for survivors but even though Mana searched so hard and I have never been more proud of her, the only thing we were able to accomplish were recoveries.
Though it was a tragic event we were also able to learn a lot about how we need to respond to a large scale disaster and after coming back home I vowed to keep learning and keep training so that when the next one comes we can do better and help more.
Never Forget, Always Be Ready!
Disaster Training in Hyogo
Last weekend Mana and I loaded ourselves on a ferry along with Matsuda San and Kana from KRDA and set sail for Kobe for a great weekend of Disaster Dog training.
After the huge earthquake in Kobe in 1995 a Disaster Management center was built in Miki City of Hyogo prefecture to help prepare rescue professionals for the next disaster. This was also the area chosen by us to hold the most recent training session for the All Japan Search and Rescue Dog Association of which we are members.
A total of 8 members of AJSARDA from Kyushu, Kobe, and Saitama, got together for a great couple days on the rubble pile. After first getting the pups use to the concrete jungle gym we got on with some great training trying to think up of all kinds of scenarios to test and train our K9 partners.
Saturday night we all got together for a meeting and put our heads together to come up with new ideas for training how to proceed in the future so we can better respond to a disaster.
By the end of the 2 days I’m sure that we all learned a ton and became better handlers and better K9’s for it!
Can’t wait for the next time!
Not quite the weekend I had planned!
If you look at the Amarok schedule for the past weekend you’d see 2 days of fun in the sun at the annual Sunset live event. A really fun time that I look forward to every year as we work with The North Face Store to provide some light Kayak adventures for all the fun loving people at the event。。。but not this year!
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The event was still held, albeit with a few delays, but because of the Typhoon the ocean conditions sucked. Huge waves were crashing along the shoreline and all over the place putting an end to my annual fun time for 2011.
But fear not as there is no rest for the wicked, just as I was beginning to thinking about what to do with my free time on Sunday I got a phone call from the Rescue Dog Association telling me about a search on Sunday and if we were free to go. So off we went!
The search was for an 85 year old woman who had left her house in Kokonoe, Oita, on the 19th of August and had not yet come home. For about 3 days after she went missing the police and fire departments search the area but not a trace was found.
After the local authorities gave up the search the family called on us to continue and we did, with 4 energetic and well trained German shepherds and their handlers. We started the search at around 0900 Sunday morning and after about an hour of searching we found her. Unfortunately she was deceased at the bottom of a steep ravine but we took comfort that we could help the family finally bring some sort of closure to this traumatic event.
Once again this experience has brought up feeling about the whole rescue response system in this country. The police only brought out 1 search dog at the start of the search on the 20th. I dog can only search a certain amount. If we had received a callout at the beginning of the incident we would have brought more dogs to cover more area and she could have been brought home on the 20th of August instead of on the 4th of September as it only took us an hour to do what they couldn`t do in 3 days.
I hope they come to realize this soon!
How did you spend your long weekend?
I know this report is about a week late but it’s been a crazy week so at last here it is!
We had 3 days of great Rescue Dog training in Kumamoto! We headed down Saturday morning and did some wilderness search training along the base of Mt. Shiraga before heading back to the main training field to set up our tents.
That evening a team from Saitama Rescue Dog association arrived including Eguchi San the Team leader . Eguchi san and I worked together up in Kesennuma after the earthquake and tsunami so it was great to see her again!
The next day we had permission to use an old school for training, it hadn’t been used since about 2003 and a lot of the stuff was just as they left it. About 15 Members of KRDA took part in the training along with the team from Saitama.
The dogs did great work searching for human scent among all the debris. It was a rally hot day and all the dogs did great and got some yummy rewards at the end of the day.
The next morning we had a discussion session along with training on how to better read wind and work the dogs on the scent cone before heading to the mountains for some more wilderness searching.
The following Wednesday we went back down again just for the day as Japan Rescue, another Rescue dog association, was coming down from Osaka for some training.
It was a great few days of really good training with a bunch of great, dedicated people. Can’t wait to do it again.
アマロック アウトドア アドベンチャーズ
- 恵藤憲二朗:えびの高原の遊び (12/10)
- miyu:屋久島ツアー (10/04)
- みやも:August Tours (09/01)
- :HRD Seminar (06/30)
- John:GW ツアー’ｓ (05/11)
- mie:GW ツアー’ｓ (05/08)
- THE NORTH FACE:The North Face Store Trekking event (04/06)
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