I do GSD rescue and picked up an 8 month old pup two months ago. He is of known pedigree and from working lines. He received basic obedience training from a "Petsmart" type class when very young. When he grew large and too rambunctious for the apartment, he was doped and crated for most of the time. He finally grew too strong and dangerous and refused to be crated or controlled. His vet called me to arrange his rescue.
Two months later he is still bouncy and full of energy but not crazy. He is able to focus and follow direction. Actually quite smart and eager for a job. We are on track with obedience and he starts a second level obedience class the end of January. We intend to work for the CGC test and we have a chance to enter a SAR group, if he shows promise and passes a beginning level Therapy Dog test.
All that is on track. What I don't know is what we should do for preparation for SAR training- basic building blocks.
My old GSD was in SAR training when we were overseas and before that, we did schutzhund tracking with my dutch shepherd and my GSD. Sport tracking and schutzhund tracking are very different from each other and very different from trailing and real SAR work. I'm not sure how to start preparation.
I was thinking about using short trails used in urban "variable surface tracking" so he would get the idea that he is to follow the human trail over a wide variety of surfaces and not just the scent of crushed vegetation. I was thinking of not requiring him to keep his nose to the ground, but let him naturally air scent. We need a bit of a road map here.
If you have read this far, I thank you for your patience.