To locate 2 subjects buried in snow caves, in an area of approximately 1 acre, within 20 minutes. This examination meets or exceeds the criteria of FEMA 508-8 Typed Resource Definitions Search and Rescue Resources 11/14/2005
Testing Criteria for the Canine Avalanche Responder:
Is the handler adequately attired and equipped?
Did the handler develop the appropriate strategy based on information acquired?
Did the handler show knowledge with use of the transceiver?
Did the handler articulate the dogs alerts/indications prior to entering the field?
Did the handler interpret the dogs alerts/indications while in the field?
Did the handler articulate the dogs final response?
Did the handler properly mark where their dog demonstrated its final response?
Was the handler able to negotiate the avalanche site?
Did the handler call any false responses by their dog?
Did the handler make their required radio calls?
Did the handler ask appropriate pre-search questions?
Is the handler in tune with their dogs needs?
Did the dog stay focused on the search?
Is the dog easily refocused after being distracted?
Did the dog alert/indicate on the subjects?
Did the dog make a self-directed find on the subjects?
Did the dog demonstrate its final response and direct the handler to the subjects?
Did the dog demonstrate any false responses?
Did the dog remain on the avalanche site?
Was the dog able to negotiate the avalanche site?
Did the dog show enthusiasm, intensity and endurance throughout the evaluation?
Did the dog range well and search independently?
Did the dog and handler make an effective team?
Did the dog demonstrate obedience through its reactions to handler commands?
Was the search completed within the time limit for the evaluation?