This weekend marks the second time in several years that the Community Emergency Response Team is holding its canine training in North Carolina with sixteen teams from all over the country participating in the training session in Beaufort County.
The training session will bring them one step closer to having their dogs search and rescue certified.
Both the dog and the trainer go through 18 months of training before they can be certified for search and rescue. The dogs are only trained to pick up human remains, but they must first be land certified before they can be water certified. Chief Mac Morgan says that is more difficult. "On the water that odor is coming up and the current is carrying it everywhere and they can't get to it, so they have to trust being on a boat because they can't get down and dig and get right on top of the source so it's hard for the dogs to realize it's here but I can't get to it so it takes a lot of training."
After further training, the dogs will be able to take his water certification test. Chief Morgan says labs, golden retrievers and shepherds are the most common breeds to participate in the emergency response program training.