Acknowledgments. Foreword. Introduction. 1. Forming the American Rescue Dog Association. 2. Before You Begin. 3. Selecting the Air--Scenting Search Dog. 4. Basic Training, Obedience and Agility. 5. Beginning Search Training. 6. Advanced Search Training. 7. Handler Standards and Equipment. 8. The Search Dog Unit. 9. Unit Training. 10. Responding to a Search. 11. Conducting the Search. 12. Special Applications. 13. Avalanche Training. 14. Cadaver Training. 15. Disaster Training. 16. Disaster Missions. 17. First--Aid for Search Dogs. 18. ARDA Searches. Appendix: Lost Person Behavior. Index.
Search and Rescue Dogs: Training the K--9 Hero, is told in the authoritative voice of the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA), the nation's oldest airscenting search dog organization. Since its founding, ARDA's standards and training methods have served as the model for dog units around the nation.