Episode 53 Vynn Stuart Getting Started in Water Search Part 1

September 14, 2017

In this podcast I chat with Vynn Stuart about getting started in water search and rescue. This is part 1 of the interview, so be sure to come back next month for the second half of our conversation.

Vynn is a canine handler with decades of experience in many search and rescue disciplines. In this first episode we start by talking about what you should know as a handler, what your dog should know, water safety issues, and how to communicate to your dog that scent can come from under the water.


Episode 52 Legal Issues - Dr. Greg Henry

May 14, 2017

When I first became a civilian search and rescue volunteer, it never occured to me that legal issues might be involved. When I learned that I needed to take crime scene preservation training, I realized that search could involve the law. My originally scheduled speaker wasn't able to participate as planned. So I turned to Dr. Greg Henry, an emergency room physician with extensive legal experience, to record a podcast discussing general legal issues: What is a deposition? How should you prepare? How should you handle yourself when a question is confusiing or unclear? What are some things to avoid?


Episode 51 Eric Darling - Urban SAR

April 14, 2017

Listen to Episode 51 for a conversation with FEMA disaster canine handler Eric Darling. Eric starts by telling us about his canine partner - how he came to be be his partner, his alert, and his reward - followed by a discussion about some disaster search topics. What is a rubble pile? How do you keep both handler and dog safe? What other skills might a disaster canine team need?  We also talk about the agility and obedience requirements for a FEMA canine. Finally Eric discusses his company Superfit Canine.


Episode 50 K.T. Irwin - Scenarios Training

March 14, 2017

In Episode 50 of the National Search Dog Alliance Podcast for March 15, 2017, I discuss scenarios straining with K. T. Irwin. Learn about the planning and thought process that goes into setting up top-notch search training scenarios for canine teams.


Episode 49 Cynthia Otto on Canine Conditioning

February 14, 2017

Listen to Dr. Cynthia Otto of the Penn Vet working dog center talk about canine conditioning. ou can learn more at their website http://pennvetwdc.org


Episode 48 Peter Kick author of Desperate Steps

January 14, 2017

In this podcast episode I speaak with Peter Kick who wrore the book Desperate Steps, tales of true wilderness mishaps in the the northeastern US. We talk about a few of the cases in Peter's extensively researched book. There are lessons not only for individuals, but also for search and rescue organizations.


EPISODE 47 Dr. Thomas Welch - Bear Safety

December 17, 2016

Listen to an interview with physician and outdoor educator Thomas Welch, discussing bear behavior and how humans can behave to keep themselves (and the bears) safe in the wilderness.


EPISODE 46 Canine Decontamination with Shay Cook

September 14, 2016

This month I will be talking with Shay Cook about canine decontamination.

Shay Cook has been a certified canine handler for 18 years with California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) with certifications in Trailing, Cadaver and Wilderness Area. She is also a member of Alameda County Sherriff Search and Rescue (ALCO) and Yosemite Search and Rescue Dog Team (YODOGS) with over 200 searches. She holds degrees in Business Management and Biology, is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), K9 First Aid instructor and enjoys doing SAR classes throughout the state of California. Shay served on the CARDA Board of Directors, is certified in HAZMAT, FRO, First Responder, CPR and has a SARTech II. Shay has been training dogs since 1986 and has worked with dogs in schuzthund, guide dogs for the blind, obedience, socialization and scent detection. Shay works at UC Berkeley as a Research Compliance Analyst and enjoys bringing the scientific perspective to dog training.


EPISODE 45 Scent Specific Area with Catherine Louis

August 14, 2016
This month I will be talking with Catherine Louis about scent-specicific area search.
Catherine is a member of Wake Canine Search and Rescue (www.wcsar.net) in North Carolina.  She has been a board member and  president of that organization. Her duties have included  maintaining a ‘Continuous Improvement’ focus on canine and team standards . She has been an  air scent dscriminating handler since 2002  She formed a partnership with North Carolina National Weather Service to create and present a class to provide search responders with effective deployment methodologies to help maximize the probability of detection for canine search resources. 

EPISODE 44 Agencies Having Jurisdiction with Deborah Palman

July 14, 2016
This month’s podcast features an interview with Deborah Palman , discussing how to work with agencies having jurisdiction
Deborah Palman  retired in 2008 after 30 years service as a game warden with the Maine Warden Service, the law enforcement division of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Twenty-eight of those years were as a K-9 handler and over 25 were as the K-9 administrator and trainer for the Warden Service K-9 Unit.
Deborah is a certified Master Trainer with the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) and can offer certifications though IPWDA for cadaver detection, wilderness air scent search, evidence or article search, tracking, trailing, and water search. She is a Level II certified trainer with the United States Police Canine Association.
Deborah is also a Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) certified K-9 trainer and can offer credentialing through the MCJA if the dog handler is a MCJA certified law enforcement officer.