We started our new year of training sessions with a weekend on Anglesey between the 28th and 30th January. As always the weekend was packed full of activity and we welcomed our newest trainee handler, Jayne, who will be embarking on the Level 3 Cadaver Detection (Water) pathway.
Friday started with everyone meeting in Rhosneigr where David Jones, our lead instructor briefed us on the plan for the weekend. We then split up into smaller groups where our Cadaver Detection Dogs trainees continued with their scent imprinting sessions and our Live Person (Air Scenting) trainee Alistair and his search dog Juco were briefed for their final assessment.
After lunch we moved sites to allow our water search handlers and dogs to work on their boat and bank searching skills.
On Saturday Alistair continued with his practical assessment with a series of live person searches in and around the sand dunes of Rhosneigr. The cadaver detection group were introduced to grid work including setting up the grid, getting their heads around the rule of "3,4,5" and how to use the grid sheets for recording searches and a session was delivered for the water search group on the use of a training aid for regulating the depth of the target scent in water.
On Sunday Alistair conducted his final search as part of his assessment and we are delighted to announce that as a team Alistair and Juco were successful and their paperwork will now be sent to NASDU for certification.
We also were able to present our successful Cadaver Detection Dog Handler teams with their NASDU Certificates (see photos below)
See below for some photos taken during the weekend.
Our next training session will take place in Yorkshire between the 18th and 20th February.