GSSD holds 2 workouts a month, on Saturdays.
New members with dogs CANNOT bring their dog until they become a Candidate and the dog passes an Evaluation.*
To train our dogs, we setup problems where someone hides in the wilderness while a searcher and their dog work to find the hider. There are several types of problems we setup:
Runaways - the dog sees the hider run away until they are out of sight. Used with newer dogs to build drive.
Trails - the hider walks down a trail and hides somewhere off trail. The dog searches along the trail.
Area - the hider is in a general area, the searcher does not always know where the hider entered the area. The searcher needs to pick an initial route/search pattern based on search knowledge.
Until you have a dog in training, you will either be hiding or following a searcher as they work a problem. Once you are training with a dog expect to continue hiding and following as well as working with your dog.
A typical workouts schedule for a Guest looks like:
07:00 - Rendezvous at meetup location, sign in
07:10 - Hand out maps and radios, depart for Base
08:30 - Receive hiding assignment, depart for hiding area
09:00 - Radio to base that you are in position
11:00 - Dog finds you, return to base
11:30 - Break
12:30 - Follow searcher for a problem
14:30 - Return to base
15:00 - Perform runaway or trail problems with newer dogs
16:00 - Return to Base
16:30 - Sign out, Go Home
The hide/search times have much more variance. But this should give you an idea of how long you will be in the woods.
* Depending on the situation and our assessment of you and your dog, your evaluation period may be extended, or terminated at the discretion of the Onboarding or Training Committees, or the Board