Hide and Retrieve with Sophie
Rescue dogs are often called in to aid in search and recovery operations. Handler Karen Stagnaro, and her dog Sophie recently returned from Hildale, Utah, where they helped find the bodies of flood victims. It takes 800 hours of training to create a search dog. About 100 of those hours are needed to train the dog, and 700 are for the handler.
As a handler for Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs, I work with Dusty two or three times a week doing the kinds of problems we might encounter during a search. Dusty is very good at finding "live" subjects, but in this video Karen and Sophie are teaching me about finding human remains. About 50% of the searches we do are for people presumed dead. Karen and Sophie (as you will see) are masterful searchers. Dusty still needs some work.