Four Rivers K9
Search, Rescue & Recovery
Rescue: Most of our K9's start as orphaned or donated K9's between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. We scout local and regional kennels or shelters to find the best K9's that have the correct drive and temperament to train in various forms of service. These dogs are tested using a series of fundamental drive, aggression, and focus test. These tests can be further viewed on our "How we Rescue Dogs" page.
Training: After testing and selection, our K9's are then placed in the program most appropriate for their skill and potential. We determine what the K9's training and area of focus will be based on how they perform during tests. All K9's will be placed into three areas:
1. Search and Rescue - Track/Trail or Human Remains Detection
-Land and water search operations
-Lost, missing or overdue children, hunters, campers
-Alzheimer or dementia patients
-Urban search and structural collapse
-Dive services for drowned subject recovery
-Confined space recovery
-Human remains detection
2. Service Dogs- Children, Adults or Veterans in need (We are starting with
PTSD, but look forward to being able to offer more types in the future)
3. AKC Canine Good Citizen obedience training and certification
Each area has different training styles, different time required to complete training, and different fundamentals involved. For example a search and rescue -Track/trail dog must be a high energy, well driven K9 that won't give up even in extreme conditions or with distractions. Another example would be a gentle, calm, and comforting K9 that gives love and support to a young child. Every K9 will endure long term love and training from our team so that they can complete the task assigned to them once adopted by their future handlers.
Placement: Once training is complete, our K9's will be fitted with appropriate, selected individuals. These individuals will be required to meet certain requirements, including an interview, home inspection, and handler training. Minimum handler training will take place at our facility and will be required so that we know the owner is capable of handling, and making full use of the K9 in their care. The length of training required is determined individually by the K9, situation, and type of Service. The waiting list for Service K9's is very long, and the Volunteers at Four Rivers K9 want to ensure that the appropriate people receive a K9 where both parties can benefit for a lifetime.
Community Training: Being primarily a Search and Rescue organization, Four Rivers K9 will be hosting training seminars at our Training Facility. These Seminars may include Division of Emergency Management courses focuses on emergency management as well as obedience and handler training for the community. We are raising funds for our training center now, but are looking forward to all future training opportunities.
When requested by local authorities, Four Rivers K9 responds quickly and efficiently to tri-state area calls. It is important if and when the need arises, you contact your local law enforcement agency quickly and ask for our assistance.