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                                        GRADE 3 ASSESSMENT SHEET.
                                          SEARCH DOG ASSESSMENT SHEET
                                Handler Christyne Judge                                Assessors Mick Guy

                                Dog            Bute                                                 Kaz Frith

                                Date           14.08.2011

                                 Location Small Water, Haweswater area
 Area                          type of area                                            nature of assessment


     1 Steep sided hillside with ledges, boulders, crags                               Stage 3 - 3rd Assessment




 area number                     1     2        3     4                       COMMENTS
 initial search strategy          3        4               Second area coverage was borderline, do not be complacent.
 ranging                          3        3
 natural hunting                  4        4               Dog's ability is not in doubt to the assessors, so believe in it.
 directional control              4        4               Only when you display that trust in the dog, will you see the
                         1        4        4               true worth of it.
 Quality of dogs find    2        4        5
                         3
                         1        4        4
 Reading of strike       2        4        5
                         3
                         1        5        5
 Indication to handler   2        5        5
                         3                                             ADVICE FOR FURTHER TRAINING
                         1        4        5
Indication at Body       2        5        5               Trust your dog.
                         3                                 Top up indications with short stuff regularly.
 Willingness to take     1        5        4                                                       the dog detects when
                                                           Only train when you are fully rested - the dog detects when you're not on form
 handler back to the     2        5        5               you're not on form
 body                    3
 Coverage of search area          3        3               The dog's name is BUTE……
 Reading of dogs actions          4        4
 Response to changes             3   3
 Stamina / performance           4   4
 wind conditions                MV MV
 time worked (mins.)            ## 55
 reason for no find

             PASS          X
             FAIL                     Signed………………………………………………………………
                                              Mick Guy Kaz Frith

                                      Search and Rescue Dog Association (English Lake District).




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         ASSESSMENT MARKING SYSTEM                              MISSED BODY CODE
Give a score between 1 and 5. No half marks.           A. Not assessable by assessors or body.
           5 = EXCELLENT                               B. Bad luck in very bad conditions
           4 = VERY GOOD                               C. Bad luck but dubious coverage of area.
           3 = PASS                                    D. Due to unsatisfactory coverage of area.
           2 = DEBATEABLE                              E. Failure to read dogs interest.
           1 = UNACCEPTABLE                            F. Failure to recognise the dog has found.
If any aspect can not be assessed, for example         G. Dog has no interest in an obvious body
because of bad visibility or because the circumstances H. Dog fails to indicate.
do not arise, mark it N/A, not assessable.
                                          WIND CONDITIONS CODE
                     STRENGTH                                      DIRECTION
           C = Calm                M = Moderate                    V = Variable
           L = Light               S = Strong                      S = Steady
                                                                   T = Turbulent
1. Initial search strategy                                  7. Indication to the handler
Following a briefing as to the nature of the assessment     How effective is communication between
and its boundaries the handler will explain the search      the dog and handler? The dog should bark
strategy and the assessors will make a judgement            at the body, return to the handler and bark,
2. Ranging                                                  then be keen to return to the body and
This is the distance the dog will work away from the        then repeat this sequence until the handler
handler in any direction. No set distance can be            is at the body. The quality of the indication
expected and it is for the assesssors to make a             is in part a subjective judgement which
judgement based on terrain, conditions and in practice      must take account of circumstances.
breed of dog. A reasonable distance between the dog         8. Reading of find
and handler is essential as it must be the dog that         Does the handler know that the dog has
covers the area, naturally hunting and making the best      found.
use of the available wind.                                  9. Willingness to take handler back to
3. Hunting ability                                          the body
This considers the dogs natural or trained manner of        The dog should, after barking at the handler
hunting through an area working from left to right          return straight to the body and not wander.
without specific instructions.                              Having found the dog must want for the
4. Directional control                                      handler to be at the body urgently.
This is the ability of the handler to send the dog in any   10. Coverage of the search area
direction and subsequently change its direction of          Given the time allowed has the area been
search.                                                     covered efficiently and does the handler
5. Quality of the dogs find                                 understand what ground has been cleared.
This covers a variety of details. The distance from the     11. General reading of the dogs actions
body that the dog first gets the scent and strikes,         Does the handler understand the dogs
tenacity of the dog surmounting obstacles in trying to      method of searching and take full advantage
get to the scent source, the speed with which the dog       of the opportunities?
goes to the body after the initial strike, the dogs         12. Handlers response to changes
persistance at maintaining the search should it loose       Changes in wind direction or strength, the
the scent after the initial strike. These and other         weather or the circumstances of the search
examples serve to illustrate the strength of purpose        might call for a competent handler to alter
with which the dog searches for the source of human         the original search strategy, how well do
air borne scent.                                            they respond to the changes?
6. Reading of the strike                                    13. Dogs maintenace of performance
The ability of the handler to recognise that the dog has    Stamina, interest, willingnes, ability. Is the
struck on a body and should be given the opportunity        dog working for the handler or with the
to find, whether that is through giving encouragement       handler?
or staying quiet will depend on the circumstances.




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                              APPLICATION TO TRAIN A SEARCH DOG.

                              Name       …………….....…………………………………
                              Address ……………...…...……………………………..
                                         ……………...…..………………………………
                                         ……………...…...……………………………..
                                         ……………...…...……………………………..
                              Post code …..……….…….....……………………………
Date of birth ………………………. Telephone number …...…………….……………….
Are you a full member of a Lake District Mountain Rescue team?………         Yes / No

If yes, which     ……………..…………………………………………………………………..

Are you, or have you previously been a member of any S.A.R.D.A. ……        Yes / No

If yes, which     …………………..……………………………………………………………..
Have you previously attended search dog training exercises?………….          Yes / No

If yes please give details ……...………………………………………..…………………....
                         ……………..……………………………………………………….
                         ………………..…………………………………………………….
Do you have any dog training experience? ………………………………….                   Yes / No

Do you currently own a dog? ……………………………………………………                          Yes / No

If yes, is this the dog you intend to train? …………………………………….              Yes / No

        If yes,   Dogs name ………..………………………………
                  Date of birth ………..…………………………….
                  Breed ………………………………………………

Do you have a current first aid qualification? ………………………………..             Yes / No

If yes, what ………………………………………………………………………………



I have read the Training Structure and Guidance Notes, Rules and Constitution
and wish to apply to be a trainee handler with S.A.R.D.A. Lakes.


Signature………………………………………...                          Date…………………………….




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