Missing Pet Partnership
Northeast Regional Training
2-Day Lost Pet Recovery Seminar
3-Day MAR K9 Boot Camp
Sat May 20 thru Weds May 24, 2017
Missing Pet Partnership will be holding a 5-day training event designed for anyone involved in lost pet recovery work. The first two days (Sat & Sun) will be classroom instruction with various speakers and on topics including complex cases, working airport searches, disaster animal response work, Facebook Admin tips, bone and scat identification, hands-on training with capture tools (net gun, Collarum, snappy snare), dealing with difficult people, and unique trap training (enclosure trap, Missy trap, drop trap, etc.).
The following three days (Mon – Weds) will be hands-on dog training for both MAR cat detection and MAR trailing dogs. MAR K9 instructors include Kat Albrecht (British Columbia), Susannah Charleson (Texas), Pat Simmons (Florida), and Sam Connelly (Maryland). Observers (without search dogs) for the dog training portion of the boot camp are welcome (for a small fee). This training is open to anyone interested—you do not need to be a graduate of the Missing Animal Response course to attend any of this training. Dogs at all levels (including dogs with no lost pet recovery training) are welcome. Evaluations for dogs that have never been through a MAR evaluation will be offered the first day of dog training (Monday). Attendees are free to attend whichever portion of training they prefer (classroom only, dog training only, or both classroom and dog training).
The topics to be covered during the 2 days of classroom training (Sat May 20th & Sun May 21st) Creative Captures (audience participation), Disaster Animal Response Work, Complex & Unique Cases, Handling Difficult Owners, Facebook Groups & Pages, Bone / Scat / Track Identification, Unique Trap Demonstrations, Proper Search Dog Use & Scent Theory (panel discussion), and Airport Searches debriefed (panel discussion).
The 3-day search dog training (Mon May 22nd, Tue May 23rd, and Weds May 24th) will include beginner dogs with no experience to advanced search dog training. Beginner dogs will undergo an evaluation to check their temperament and drive for MAR (missing animal response) search work potential. Dogs with aggression issues (towards humans, other dogs, or cats) are not suitable for MAR work. Dogs with major fear issues and who tend to be “skittish” in nature are also not suited for MAR work. All dogs should be current on vaccinations and proof of Rabies vaccination must be provided after you register. The best candidates are dogs that love to play with other dogs or dogs that love cats. Handlers will be assigned to a trainer based on their (and their dog’s) level of experience. Search dog trainers include Kat Albrecht (Founder of Missing Pet Partnership and author of Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets), Susannah Charleson (SAR K9 handler & author of best seller Scent of the Missing), Pat Simmons (SAR & MAR K9 handler and Founder of Southeast Search and Rescue K9’s), Sam Connelly (MAR K9 handler and founder of Pure Gold Pet Trackers), and Marge Lineweber (MAR K9 trainer and founder of S.M.A.R.T. lost pet recovery team).
Group rate hotel accommodations have been arranged at Quality Inn Mystic for an incredibly low rate of $94+ tax per night. The $25 fee per dog per night has been waived. The classroom training will be held at My Dog’s Place in Mystic at 2 Avery St, Mystic, CT. For the 3-day dog training event, we will meet each morning at 9:00 am at the North Stonington Fairgrounds located at 21 Wyassup Rd in North Stonington CT. There is plenty of shaded parking on site. Dogs may be contained in your vehicle or crated quietly near the working area. There are restrooms on site. Lunches will be on your own, breaks will be 90 minutes. More detailed directions and descriptions will be provided at the event.
To keep costs as low as possible, all K9 trainers and instructors are volunteering their time (none are being paid for their participation). The cost for the 2-day classroom training is $100.00 per person (it includes lunch on both days). The cost for the 3-day dog training (which does not include meals) of 1 handler with 1 search dog is $275.00; the cost for 1 dog handler with 2 search dogs is $450.00. Cost for “Observers” (without dogs) for the 3-day dog training is $60.00.
To register, click on the REGISTER HERE link below and fill out the form. . Once you’ve submitted your on-line form, you will be taken to PayPal where you make your payment (which also accepts credit cards even if you don’t have a PayPal account). If you have any questions email Kat Albrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or event coordinator Judene Dyer at email@example.com.