TV fo­cus on puppy’s search train­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

BOR­DER col­lie puppy Jura is train­ing to be­come the first ski pa­trol search and res­cue dog at Ne­vis Range.

TV viewers saw Jura and her owner Will Davis on BBC2 last Thursday in the first episode of a new doc­u­men­tary se­ries called 10 Pup­pies and Us. In the se­ries Jura hits the mid point of her spe­cial­ist train­ing with the Search and Res­cue Dog As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land, High­land.

Owner Will said: ‘ Jura is a crack­ing pup with an awe­some char­ac­ter. The train­ing is go­ing ex­tremely well.’

Jeff Starkey, head of ski pa­trol at Ne­vis Range, said: ‘Hav­ing a dog as part of the ski pa­trol team at Ne­vis Range is an im­mense as­set.

‘Res­cue dogs are an­other valu­able tool in the box of an avalanche res­cue, along­side trans­ceivers and Recco, an elec­tronic de­tec­tion sys­tem.

‘Hav­ing Jura in the team will give ca­su­al­ties in the Ne­vis Range ski area a much bet­ter chance of be­ing found quickly.’

Dogs are trained to use their acute sense of smell to de­tect hu­man scent in the air. To­gether, the dog and its handler form a highly ef­fi­cient team.

Will Davis and Jura.

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