Training of search dog teams at Panshanger Park, Hertfordshire

Published:
17:00 February 24, 2022



Search and rescue dogs have been spotted at Panshanger Park.

But there is nothing to be alarmed about. The tails are wagging as Search Dogs Buckinghamshire begin a new training season for their search and rescue dogs at the park between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford.

Panshanger Park was chosen as an additional training location as it offers large open park spaces as well as woods.

This is in contrast to the other Search Dogs Bucks training sites which are almost entirely forested.

Jenny Anstey, Treasurer of Search Dogs Buckinghamshire, said: “Any search is always an emergency, and our volunteers are ready to search for missing persons at any time of the day or night, in any weather.

“All members of a canine team receive specialist training and must pass rigorous nationally accredited assessments before they can be deployed for live searches.

“We are so grateful to the team at Panshanger Park for allowing us to train our dogs in such a beautiful setting and enjoying the designated parking area assigned to us.”

Since forming in 2008, Lowland Rescue’s dog team has worked with police and other search teams to locate vulnerable people who have gone missing in Buckinghamshire and neighboring counties.

Trained search dog teams are self-contained units that carry the latest equipment and communications, and can mobilize quickly when needed.

Panshanger Park is owned and managed by Tarmac, which works in partnership with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to open up the historic landscape to the public.

The day-to-day management of the park is carried out by Maydencroft, who works on behalf of Tarmac.

“It is a privilege to welcome Search Dogs Buckinghamshire, who do vital work in the community,” said Jez Perkins, Director of Estates at Maydencroft.

Search Dogs Buckinghamshire is a registered charity with 20 operational members and 10 in training with their dogs.

It takes an average of two years to train a dog and handler to full qualification level.

Visit www.searchdogsbucks.org.uk to find out more about the charity, its mission and its work.

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