For nearly a decade, Madera County has hosted a training and certification event for 39 K-9 teams around the state.
The California Rescue Dog Association training on Saturday was held at the Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Park off Highway 49.
Canines from Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Tracy, Sacramento, San Jose and Napa joined fellow veteran Search and Rescue dogs from Madera County, Fresno, Clovis and Merced for training to carry out rescues and recoveries.
The dogs were tested on obedience, agility, wilderness trails, rescue, recovery, and even swimming. The swimming event was more for fun, said Madera County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart, but the real test comes this June when they’ll be graded for their water skills at Bass Lake...