For The Madera Tribune K9’s of all kinds, showed their skills during Madera County’s annual K9 training day held in Eastern Madera County over the weekend.
Twenty–two Madera County SAR volunteers along with 42 Search and Rescue dog teams from as far south as San Diego and as far north as El Dorado County took part in the annual CARDA (California Rescue Dog Association) training and certification event at Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Park.
Madera County has “proudly” hosted CARDA training events for more than a decade now, according to its Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart.
Dog teams are particularly fond of training in Central California for practical reasons. Because Madera County is located in the heart of the state, travel distance is relatively equal for volunteers, who come from all over the state. “Equally important, Madera County offers the perfect setting for trailing, navigation and agility exercises, as well as rescue and recovery training,” Stuart said...