December 11, 2011: K-9 Officer, Lew Decker, announced that he would be stepping down from the position as of January 1, 2012. With no currently certified K-9s on the team, the position will remain unfilled until it becomes necessary to have someone take over the position.
How can my dog and I get involved?
As stated in the 5-1 policies book on the K-9 section you will find that anyone interested in starting this needs to be a member of 5-1 for a year. The reason is one needs to have a good background in navigation and experience in what happens on a search before even having worked your dog. Of course, in the mean time, you could practice at training sessions or with other dog teams. We follow the NYS Federation of Search teams certifcation program in which one must meet and pass their standards to use your dog operationally. Anyone interested has to understand this is very intensive and time consuming work, putting in hundreds of hours of practice with possible years to complete. If you feel you might be up for this and understand the commitment and time needed please contact K-9 advisor, Lew Decker, for details, or contact the Federation K-9 coordinators.
Search Team 5-1 does not currently have any active K-9 teams.
Dog/Handler Teams in TrainingDan Verkleir and Shelby (Air Scent):
Shelby is another Golden Retriever who is currently in training as an air scent dog. Bio coming soon.
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