On this episode I introduce Melissa Stagnaro, the Vice President of American Retteungshunde Sport Association. With the long name, it is commonly nicknamed “RH”.

They are an organization that does “sport” search and rescue.

This is a great sport for your dog that is incredibly unique, and focuses on some pretty high-level activities for fun and exercise. Be sure to check out information below to get more information on their history and upcoming events!

Origins of This Type of Competition

We talk about the origins. FCI, (which is the International Dog Federation) partnered up with a newly formed group called the International Rescue Dog Organization. They ultimately created four levels of sport competition related to rescue. They focus on scents, urban disasters, earthquake simulations, footstep tracking, building collapses, and much more.

We talk about what this looks like for people that want to join in, and Melissa discusses their interest in getting more people involved in existing events and establishing more clubs.

Resources and Contact Information

For more information visit SearchAndRescueSport.org.

Plus… there is an event going on in Washington state! For more information on that, click here.

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