By rubble we mean all locations that resemble areas hit by earthquake, tsunami or explosions. Here too the dog will work independently, although much closer to the handler than in rural areas. Both the dog and the handler must be able to manoeuvre over difficult terrain. During training, great care is taken of the dog, and it is expected that the handlers have acquired a certain knowledge of building construction and the possible dangers involved. On rubble there are many more potential dangers and obstacles than in rural areas. Drains, holes and pits of varying depths, wet surfaces, slanting panels, glass, nails, wires, etc.
Experience has taught us that accidents seldom happen. A cut in the paw or a small injury does occasionally happen. However, we remain extremely vigilant and always have the necessary first-aid equipment on hand.
The bringsel is never used on rubble. It is vital that the dog moves around “naked” to avoid getting caught up by a collar. The indication will therefore be in the form of barking, digging or natural. A combination of methods is also possible. During training we strive for a uniform method, but as we have already said, the natural aptitude of the dog is the most important factor.
It is always a welcome gift for us when demolition companies make their sites available to us so that we can train our dogs on them. We are always looking for councils, companies, organisations etc. who will allow us to use their sites. We train a few times a week and one whole day in the weekend. During the weekend we can act as sort of security guards on these sites. We do of course take special care of these locations and the trust that has been put in us, and it goes without saying that we keep them clean and tidy up after ourselves.