Wanna Get Lost?

Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs wants you to get lost! Not really, but we would love to have you come out as a volunteer trail runner for a day. It's a great way to relax, meet the dogs and their people, and do a good deed all at the same time.

Adults and children may participate. (Trail runners under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.) All of our dogs are people-friendly. These are search dogs, not restraint or aggression dogs like you might have seen on television or in the movies. (Nonetheless, anyone who is afraid of large dogs probably should not participate.)

If you'd like to help out with a little of your time and labor, please contact Gloria Napier at 513.683.5785 or via email at training@buckeyesardogs.org.

What to expect

You'll meet with the Training Director or a designated Team Member at the training site about a half-hour before the rest of the team arrives. He or she will give you instructions on where to go and what to do, as well as answer any questions you may have. The objective is to have you on your way in time to allow the trails to age a bit before we begin working the dogs.

You may be asked to go anywhere from a few hundred yards to upwards of a mile. (We don't ask small children to walk a great distance. Also, we always keep children under 16 years old with an adult. You may be asked to flag your trail as you walk. If so, you'll be given materials and instructions on how to do this. If you have physical limitations which impact the distance you can walk, please let us know and we will gladly make whatever adjustments we can.

Paladin and Sheri
Paladin and Sheri wait their turn.

When the dog finds you, he or she will probably come right up to you. Note that some dogs will check out everybody in an area, while others ignore everyone who is not their subject. At that time he or she will perform what is called a "trained alert" to indicate that you are who the dog is seeking. The alert varies from dog to dog, but may include touching you with his or her nose, barking you, even kissing you. If any of these experiences would bother you, please inform the Training Director when you're briefed in the morning and we can adjust accordingly. We know what our dogs will do and can pair certain dogs to certain subjects.

What to bring

There are a few things you'll need to bring along to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

If you're scheduled to come but you can't make it

In the event of an emergency, or otherwise you need to cancel or reschedule, please call Gloria Napier at 513.312.1527 as early as possible so we can plan accordingly.

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