Decker as search and rescue

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Decker as search and rescue

Strklydrmn
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Joined: September 16th, 2017, 7:50 pm

September 16th, 2017, 7:58 pm #1

I have had two ratties, and love their temperament. With their natural hunting capabilities, quiet dispositions, and extreme intelligence, I think they would make good search and rescue dogs. With the Decker line, the size should make them perfect for this use. Has anyone tested any Deckers for "seek/find" activities?
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jrod
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jrod
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Joined: July 13th, 2013, 1:16 am

September 28th, 2017, 12:08 am #2

Not intentionally. One time here in one of the more remote regional parks in the SF bay area I took my 2 Deckers out for a hike. Bout a mile in from the parking lot, just walking down a trail they got real "birdie" and circled back to a large downed oak tree and started to growl and bark. Up stands a man in camouflage. I was stunned to say the least, we were looking for pigs and rodents. Come to find out he was hiding for a search and rescue exercise they were going to have in a couple hours from then. He wanted to be in there early to let his scent dissipate. On our return about 2 hours later, we witnessed a golden retriever find the man in the downed tree. So I would say so.
THey aren't known to have a cold nose, meaning they aren't good at finding old scent, like days old. They are a hot nose dog and are good on a fresh track that is hours old or so.
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