The most adored search dog in the service of firemen is a homeless labrador retriever who was once thought to be rebellious, obstinate, and unsociable with other people.
Bailey has been described by staff members at Dogs Trust in Loughborough, England, as “rebellious, unyielding, unsociable, nasty and defiant.” However, they believed the dog might be trained to save humans since he shown a remarkable ability for discovering concealed objects.
The UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR) team was one of the emergency services that Louise Crawford, the Dogs Trust’s animal welfare coordinator, called.
Given that she had not ruled out the possibility that this might be the ideal place for Bailey to go, the woman asked whether they needed a new search and rescue dog. Because of this, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in England decided to interview him to see if he met the requirements.
The Essex firemen chose to hire him after a series of tests because, according to his trainer Graham Currie, he had a natural sense and quickness for searching.
The trainer claimed that he evaluated Bailey’s aggression by having him grab for a tennis ball and discovered that he was not hostile to other dogs or people. They made the decision to subject him to a six-month test in order to see whether he met the criteria for a rescue dog.
It only took Bailey 24 hours to become used to his new environment, despite the fact that he was a little anxious about boarding the fire truck. He mistook their plan to transport him to a distant location for a series of exams, so he saw it as something amusing.
Graham was reluctant to accept the Labrador at first since the breed lacks the requisite abilities for search and rescue. They were seeking for a breed that was less obstinate because labradors are sometimes voracious eaters and quickly sidetracked.
The dog was able to search, though, and he wasn’t a food hoarder, which made it simpler for him to adjust as a search team member.
“The type of tenacity we’re searching for” was demonstrated when a rugby ball was found in the auto barn perched on a ledge above the weights.
Graham was 95 percent certain that Bailey would be selected for the team after spending three days at the training facility.
Although Bailey is just approximately two years old, he is highly attentive to his tasks, and after seven days of instruction, he has already demonstrated all of his abilities.
Graham told a police dog trainer who was also a coworker that if they could clone Bailey, all issues would be fixed right away. This is a wonderful comment for a dog that was originally labeled as rebellious, impolite, unsociable, and obstinate but has since shown to be magnificent.
Bailey has previously had training in blind seeking, which involves using her nose to locate individuals in various settings. Bailey is scheduled to be ready for service in April, despite the fact that training a search dog may take between 18 months and three years.
He will be one of 20 canines utilized by the search teams when he starts working, and his attributes have sped up the procedure.