Generally you can say that a team is ready for their exam after two to three years. The training to become a rescue dog handler comprises cynology, the study of dog breeds, breeding, dog husbandry, canine behavior, training and canine diseases. Also canine first aid, orienteering, safety in operations, operational doctrines and further training.
We also completed our basic helper training course including voice radio training at the DRKDeutsches Rotes Kreuz and a training for the medical service, and it is our duty to participate in further training regularly. As members of the rescue dog unit, we are part of the standby reserve at the local branch and provide the medical service at festivities and sports events. So quite a lot of hours accumulate if you add the dog training.
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