When only a cold, wet nose will do, search dogs are there, ready and willing to play the ultimate game of hide and seek.
These are not your average dogs next door. They are part of an elite team. A team of highly trained and highly tested dogs. Dogs using their finely honed skills to search for lost people. There are currently only 13 validated search dogs in the BC Search Dog Association, two of those are in Kamloops. It takes a lot of work to pass the strict RCMP validation process and these dogs willingly put that work in. And their handlers are right beside them, investing time, energy and money in to a dog they hope will pass the test. We’ll follow dogs in all stages of the validation process to get a firsthand look at what it takes and to find out why these volunteers put it all on the line with the hopes of being able to call their dog a Search K9.
Ranger is a validated search dog. We'll follow his journey to stay validated and talk to handler Mike Ritcey, who is a long-time Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteer and also sits on the board of the BC Search Dog Association, about the validation process and why he puts so much time, energy and money in to training search dogs.
Ada and handler Carole Capper are new to the search dog scene. Ada recently passed her puppy assessment to become an official search dog in training. We'll follow Ada in her quest for validation and talk to Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteer Carole about why she chose to focus a large part of her life on training a potential search dog.