I came in touch with Oger SARdogs with Ellen after a rubble search workshop and an avalanche training in Austria.
I have been a member of Oger SARdogs since 2016, but do not train with a dog. I mainly contribute as a victim in the training sessions, as a runner for trails and by building miter at the training sessions.
Before I became a member of Oger SARdogs I mainly trained IPO and KNPV (Dutch Police Dog Association). I started at the VDH (Breed club for German Shepherds) and later in the IPO as a helper and after a few years I also started training myself with a dog, Uran, a grey German Shepherd.
After Uran came Perro, a Malinois. I first trained IPO with him and then I continued with him in KNPV training. The last dog I trained myself was Zilla, also a Malinois and with her I also trained KNPV.
Since 2004, Ellen and I have our own dog school where we help students raise their dogs (or better: where we educate students how to handle dogs….). In addition to being an instructor at the dog school, I am also a cynological behavior therapist.
I am proud to be part of Oger SARdogs and to be able to contribute to the training of deployable dogs. The way we train the dogs and therefore each other as team members is very positive, with the focus on independently working dogs.
Since my younger years I have owned one or more dogs. In 2003 I got my first worker, a German shepherd, with whom I started training mainly G&G (Obedience).
In the years that followed I had Old German Shepherds and Chodsky Pes’s with which I engaged in obedience and Frisbee sport. In 2016 I completed the training for cynological instructor and in 2017 I obtained my Tracking & Trailing level 2 certificate. I attend various courses to keep my knowledge up to date. At the moment I have two Chodsky Pes’s with which I train in different disciplines.
In the summer of 2016 I became a prospective member of Oger SARdogs. A team of great people who are really motivated all the time and are fully committed to train dog and handler to a deployable combination in the search and finding of missing persons and thus having an great social importance.
At Oger SARdogs I no longer train with a dog but now I mainly work as a volunteer, for example as a victim during training.