2413-7 Stevenage Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1G 3W1
Charitable Registration #88519 3029 RR0001
OVSARDA dog teams are certified, and re-certified annually, to Canadian police agency standards. Within Ontario, our mission-ready teams have been certified through testing by the staff at the Ontario Provincial Police K9 Academy in Gravenhurst. Several of our teams have also certified to those standards required by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Alberta).
Every operational OVSARDA dog team is required to be both trained and certified in both air scent and tracking. An air scenting dog may work on or off leash. He quarters back and forth across a search area, under the direction of his handler. When he locates a missing person, he is taught to indicate by barking or jumping on his handler.
A tracking dog will follow a given person's scent trail through woods and fields, urban settings and wilderness, until he locates the person. He will indicate all track related scent items along the way i.e. discarded gloves or hats, candy wrappers, etc. Each track is different, so success depends on many factors such as the age of the track, the weather conditions, or the amount of traffic in the area. (For an example, see the search report for Aylmer Nov. 1999).
OVSARDA also trains dogs in a number of specialties.
All OVSARDA dogs are non-aggressive towards humans. Temperament and suitability for SAR work are constantly being assessed, both formally and informally.