Our dogs work on the scent given off by human bodies, so our dogs and handlers are unable to train without additional human assistance in the form of the team’s Dogsbodies. Our Dogsbodies help to socialise young dogs, play with them, and work with them through the various stages of training. Being a Dogsbody can be very active, involving running around excitedly with equally excited puppies, or it can be much more relaxed, hiding away in the countryside with a book, mp3 player or just dozing, acting as a ‘casualty’ for the dog to find.
We can provide the necessary kit, but you’ll need to have warm and waterproof clothing yourself. If you like dogs, like exploring the countryside close up and in detail, and don’t mind whatever the weather throws at you, then this is probably the most relaxing way of contributing to search and rescue you’ll ever find!