National USAR Search Dog Training Weekend
On 6-8 July 2007 Brenda (and Boss) Linda (and Que) Janelle (and Cairo) and Graham (and Tala) headed to Auckland to join other handlers from around the country for the third national USAR Search Dog Training Weekend.
Brenda and Linda were the lead instructors for the weekend and Janelle and Graham also had the opportunity to do some instructing as well as training their dogs.
Saturday morning saw us head over the Harbour Bridge and out to Whangaparoa Peninsula where the Navy have a base. We were able to use the huge underground tunnels originally build to support the guns placed on the heads to defend the harbour. Underground it was pitch black but the dogs didn’t seem to mind and worked really well. We also used a small building on the site.
Sunday morning we headed a large concrete rubble pile. Thankfully the sun had decided to make an appearance.
The Auckland team did an excellent job arranging the weekend and we all commented on the steadily rising standard of USAR dogs being trained.
For more photos see slideshow "National USAR Search Dog Weekend"