Volunteers hone their skills in handling Cruz Roja rescue dogs

Rescue dogs are not born that way. and neither are their handlers.

That’s why the Cruz Roja held a final training session Sunday for volunteers who are seeking certification as handlers of such animals. Two experts from Panamá provided the training, the Cruz Roja said, and nine volunteers participated in a course that began in early November.

The Unidad K-SAR is the name of the dog section. The training covered many bases from training a puppy to use of rescue dogs in collapsed buildings.

Sunday the volunteers were allowed to show their abilities in a three-hour simulation in which the dogs sought out hidden victims in various situations.

The rescue agency said that both the handler and the dog need to be finely trained.

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