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Please Note:OSARVA is working in partnership with the OPP to facilitate the certification process.  OSARVA does not offer training to K9 teams nor do we recommend any particular training school.

To be considered for the OPP/OSARVA K9 certification, the K9 team must be a member of a recognized OSARVA team and must have completed their Basic training.  If you are not a member of a recognized OSARVA team the first thing you should do is seek out a team in your area. 

OSARVA will answer questions on the specifics of the standards.  OSARVA will also assist with an evaluation of the dogs prior to their test with the OPP to ensure that the K9 team is properly prepared.

 

Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Canine Team Evaluation Standards and Test Criteria

OBEDIENCE STANDARDS

    TESTING CRITERIA

        The candidate team will be asked to perform the following exercises         with the dog on and off leash and the handler using voice                 and/or hand signals.

    EXERCISES

    1. Heel.
    2. Jog at heel.
    3. Sit at heel.
    4. Down at heel.
    5. Stay.
    6. Recall (come from distance of 15 meters).
    7. Stay on recall.
    8. Sit at a distance of 10 meters.
    9. Down at a distance of 10 meters.
    10. Finish – “heel”.
    11. Evaluation of prey drive – demonstration of the dog’s desire to                   bring back a thrown article of the handler’s choice.
 

AGILITY STANDARDS

    TESTING CRITERIA

    The candidate team, working on and off leash, will be asked to                 negotiate an agility course consisting of:

    1. Four hurdles not to exceed one meter in height;
    2. A culvert, maximum eight meters in length and maximum one meter         in diameter, laid horizontally on the ground by going straight through         without stopping;
    3. An “A” frame scramble ramp, minimum height of 1½ meters;
    4. Raised log/plank not less than two meters long and 20 centimeters         wide, no higher than one meter off the ground; and
    5. A platform raised at least one meter off the ground.

    The handler will move at a comfortable pace with the dog under control     at his/her side.
 

SEARCHING STANDARDS

    TESTING CRITERIA

    A. The candidate team will be asked to search for a concealed person          in a rural/wilderness environment.

    The handler must accurately indicate to the tester, before the testing         begins, what form of alert the dog will perform.

    The search will include:

    1. Quartering – pattern and proper use of wind;
    2. Bush and open area;
    3. Approximately one square kilometere; and
    4. Time allotment will be determined by the environmental conditions             at the time (approximately two hours).

   B. Each candidate will also be asked to search for and locate two,                 medium-sized scented articles of clothing (e.g. a T-shirt) or other             items of similar size (i.e. wood, metal, leather, etc.) in a                             rural/wilderness area.  Articles will be placed in light concealment             and will not be buried.  The handler will be informed if a metal article         is used.  One article must be cloth.

  NOTE:  The dog may retrieve article, or down on article, bark alert on       article, or indicate by standing over it.  The handler must accurately           indicate to the tester, before the testing begins, what form of alert the       dog will perform.

 The search will include:

 1. Quartering – pattern and proper use of wind;
 2. Articles concealed up to 24 hours prior* to commencement of                   search;
 3. Approximately 200 meters by 200 meters; and
 4. To be completed in 30 minutes (may vary depending on                           environmental conditions).

*IF METAL ARTICLES ARE USED, CONCEALMENT TIME WILL BE LESS THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SEARCH.
 

TRACKING STANDARDS

    TESTING CRITERIA

    The candidate team will be asked to work a 1-hour-old track                     (depending on weather).  The track will lie in a bush/rural
    area.  The track will include:

    1. Two kilometres in length;
    2. Three road crossings;
    3. Right angle turns (no less than four turns);
    4. One dead end (not over 15 metres in country area);
    5. Start track in bush, work to rural -- approximately ½ track in each;
    6. Approximately 20 metres on low scent area (railway, dirt, gravel);
    7. Human/animal scent distractions.

OSARV CANINE TEAM EVALUATION FORM

TEAM:                                             DATE:
STANDARD
STANDARD
MET           NOT
                  MET
COMMENTS
OBEDIENCE O              O ____________________________________________
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____________________________________________
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AGILITY  O              O ____________________________________________
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____________________________________________
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PERSON 
SEARCH

 

O              O ____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
ARTICLE
SEARCH 
O              O
 

 

____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
TRACKING  O              O

 

____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
____________________________________________
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I certify that this member has met/not met the above standard.

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Canine Program Co-ordinator or Designee's Signature
 

_____________________________
 Date
 

For information or to set up an evaluation contact GLEN TURPIN.


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