To help the classes run smoother, please use these descriptions to decide what class you might fit into.
Working runaways or very small problems. Have begun to implement a refind or alert, but need significant work to continue to build it. Handler needs help reading the dog and building the dog's confidence.
Dog is consistently finding on problems up to 30 minutes. Dog may need some debug work (crittering, refind/alert help). Handler may need help (navigation, making decisions about reading the dog). Instructor can throw some different things at the dog (multiple victims/strange victims/strange problems) and the team will learn from the experience without it being too much for the dog.
Team consistently finds in most situations. May need some assistance with reading the dog or recommendations for a debug or two. Team wants to be challenged in problem type or style and do some different things. Handler should have good navigation skills and be confident in the dog's abilities.
Working very fresh tracks with a lot of help from the handler. Have associated a reward system or are working on it. Willing to try new things as long as they are kept on the beginner level. Will work lots of motivation.
Dog is progressing well in normal training, but needs some assistance in certain situations, or the handler needs help consistently reading the dog. New situations can be added without throwing the dog backwards in training, and the instructors can help the handler read the dog through a new experience. Dog is comfortable with different terrain/vegetation/urban but may need assistance/experience/ or debugging.
Dog is comfortable in a veriety of surfaces and ages of tracks. May need a bit of debugging for handler and dog on specific issues. Team is comfortable working a variety of problems and situations.
Dog is very new to cadaver and is building an alert sequence. Dog will be imprinted regularly, and an alert sequence taught. Dog needs lots of repetitions and guidance.
Dog has a fairly reliable alert sequence and has begun searching for the source. Dog and handler are comfortable working different situations but need assistance to reinforce alert sequence, debug handler cueing, or other specific issues. Team can handle some new situations but will need guidance to remain consistent. May work some blind problems,b but expect assistance from the instructor if needed.
Dog and handler are comfortable working a variety of blind problems. May have an issue or two that need assistance from the instructor, but are willing to work a lot of styles of problems and sources.
Dog must be at an Intermediate HRD level on land (minimum) during normal training. If your dog has not been introduced to cadaver, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS -- signup for the beginning land HRD class. Dog and handler should be comfortable in a boat, and have a basic alert build in land. Great class for getting lots of water repetitions in for more advanced dogs.