Radar is Dan's first SAR K9 and he has trained her to be dual purpose in live find, trailing and HRD.
Dan has been a police officer in Sauk Centre MN since 1997. In 2011 Dan started hiding for the dogs of Central Lakes Search and Rescue (CLSAR). In 2015 Dan joined CLSAR as a field Tech. In 2015 Carren Corcoran was instructing CLSAR on the Kocher method of training trailing dogs, at this training Carren offered to find Dan a German Shepherd in rescue.
Early in 2017 Carren found a litter of puppies that had been turned over to Rettungs-Haus Shepherds. Carren chose Radar as the puppy best matching Dan's personality. She has never been more right. Alyssa Palmer then took Radar in as a foster to evaluate Radar as a SAR dog prospect. Alyssa gave Radar a solid foundation and determined that Radar was a good candidate for SAR.
Two weeks after getting Radar from Alyssa, Dan and Radar were in Carren's Kocher class. Radar easily took to trailing. Early in 2018 Dan and Radar traveled back to Madison and Carren started them in HRD training. In late summer of 2018 Radar passed her NNDDA HRD certification. A month later Radar passed the NAPWDA Track certification.