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Episode 1 — Meet Coby and Guiness!
The first national call out for FEMA search and rescue dogs was to New York City in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Two of the amazing dogs who searched ground zero in vain for survivors those terrible days after the attacks, were Coby and Guiness, two labrador retrievers from Southern California. A few years ago, when we first filmed this episode, both Coby and Guiness were still alive, although elderly. We got a chance to spend time with both of these true heroes.
Episode 2 — Breeds
What breed of dog makes the best search and rescue dogs? Turns out its more about intelligence and attitude than breed.
Episode 3 — Puppy Selection
FEMA K9 trainers choose potential search and rescue dogs when they’re only a few weeks old. Find out what makes a promising puppy into a great working dog.
Episode 4 — Obedience and Agility
Two of the cornerstone skills of any search and rescue dog are obedience and agility. Both can be trained and honed by the right trainer working with the right dog.
Episode 5 — Direction Control
Dogs are the only animals that understand what a human being means when we point at something. Not even our closest relatives, chimpanzees, understand human pointing. It’s this unique bond between people and dogs that makes the skill of direction control possible.