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Handlers

Map and compass

OVSARDA handlers are trained first and foremost to be ground searchers. During the period when the handler's dog is in training, handlers are required to respond to search call-outs as regular ground pounders, walking a line or assisting in base camp. Basic handler training conforms with the Ontario Provincial Police standard for volunteer GSAR personnel, and includes the following:

  • Map and compass
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Crime Scene Protection
  • Radio Communications Procedures
  • Incident Command System
  • Survival

By the time a handler and his dog are Mission Ready, handlers will also be well versed in:

  • Scent Theory
  • Search Planning
  • K9 First Aid
  • Search Management
  • Lost Person Behaviour