Lost Pet Seminar / MAR K9 Boot Camp

Ever thought of learning more about training a dog to find lost pets? This May, Missing Pet Partnership will hold a 5-day training event designed for anyone wanting to learn more about lost pet recovery work. The first two days (Sat & Sun) will be classroom instruction with various speakers and on topics including complex cases, working airport searches, disaster animal response work, Facebook Admin tips, bone and scat identification, hands-on training with capture tools (net gun, Collarum, snappy snare), dealing with difficult people, and unique trap training (enclosure trap, Missy trap, drop trap, etc.). The following three days (Mon – Weds) will be hands-on dog training for both MAR cat detection and MAR trailing dogs. MAR K9 instructors include Kat Albrecht (British Columbia), Susannah Charleson (Texas), Pat Simmons (Florida), and Sam Connelly (Maryland). Observers (without search dogs) for the dog training portion of the boot camp are welcome (for a small fee). This training is open to anyone interested—you do not need to be a graduate of the Missing Animal Response course to attend any of this training. Dogs at all levels (including dogs with no lost pet recovery training) are welcome. Evaluations for dogs that have never been through a MAR evaluation will be offered the first day of dog training (Monday). Attendees are free to attend whichever portion of training they prefer (classroom only, dog training only, or both classroom and dog training). Dogs with aggression issues (towards humans, other dogs, or cats) are not suitable for MAR work. Dogs with major fear issues and who tend to be “skittish” in nature are also not suited for MAR work. All dogs should be current on vaccinations and proof of Rabies vaccination must be provided after you register. The best candidates are dogs that love to play with other dogs or dogs that love cats. To keep costs as low as possible, all K9 trainers and instructors are volunteering their time (none are being paid for their participation). The cost for the 2-day classroom training is $100.00 per person (it includes lunch on both days). The cost for the 3-day dog training (which does not include meals) of 1 handler with 1 search dog is $275.00; the cost for 1 dog handler with 2 search dogs is $450.00. Cost for “Observers” (without dogs) for the 3-day dog training is $60.00. For more details and to register, visit http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/get-involved/5-day-seminars-page/


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May 20, 2017

Ends On

May 24, 2017

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Mystic, CT

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