Cool behind the scenes look at The International Avalanche Dog Training School with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue. Patrollers from around the world come here to learn the latest dog assisted rescue techniques so they can return home and teach fellow patrollers in their home countries:
“We followed the winners of the first-ever Subaru and National Ski Patrol scholarship program, allowing three teams the chance to attend this school. These patrollers, both K9 and human, are extremely devoted to their cause and over the course of their partnership form an unbreakable bond.”
Here is how the school is described on their website:
The WBR International Dog School is a four day training program ($1000) open to all Avalanche Rescue K-9 teams. The school is held every odd-numbered year in January in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The WBR International Dog School is the oldest school of its kind in the United States.
The instructors represent some of the most experienced and highly regarded avalanche rescue programs in the world. These programs include Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, Swiss Alpine Club, Alaska SAR dogs, and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue.
Field and Classroom sessions are held at Snowbird and Alta Ski Resorts. The WBR International Dog School caters to rescue teams of all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and methods with peer rescue teams from areas throughout the US.