SCSD Training Sites
SCSD’s training sites are designed to simulate real disaster situations and to prepare dogs for working in such environments. We have two main training sites:
Knox training site
SCSD’s home training ground is located in Wantirna South, Victoria, about half an hour from Melbourne’s city centre. Our training site consists of several large areas that facilitate various aspects of specialised training:
The Bark Box: A basic apparatus for teaching, training and reinforcing desired behaviour from a dog when searching and finding a person. This is used for all dogs of all levels, from beginners to the most advanced search dogs.
The Village: A series of timber huts and obstacles through which a dog can search for helpers.
The Detaching Area: Large wooden platforms which assist in building up trust and ability in having a dog work for its handler from a distance.
The Field: Large open areas for other exercises such wilderness training.
The Rubble Pile: A 50mx30m area covered in building rubble such as concrete, timber and steel, with specially constructed safe hiding spots for helpers assist in search dog training.
SCSD are always on the look out for new training opportunities at other sites and/or with other agencies. Past experiences have included searching in a vacated old hospital and simulation deployments with SES units.