AN­I­MALS TO THE RES­CUE!

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Many an­i­mal groups are start­ing to pre­pare for the ma­jor earthquakes, in­clud­ing the All­breed As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (ABAP) K9. ABAP started Oc­to­ber last year when a group of dog lovers de­cided to turn their furry com­pan­ions into res­cuers, in the event a big tremor hits the city. “I’ve been into K9 for more than a decade. So, we had an idea to start K9 train­ing for all kinds of dog breeds, par­tic­u­larly for the Big One,” says ABAP K9 Pres­i­dent Bien­venido Canillo.

Train­ers are well-versed in de­tec­tion, bomb sniff­ing, and nar­cotics, but they mostly teach search and res­cue.

“[Dur­ing train­ing, we mo­ti­vate them through] treats and toys,” ex­plains Canillo. “[In a hide-and-seek sce­nario, they ini­tially look for some­thing within] a short dis­tance [and we in­crease this in­cre­men­tally].”

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