LEVEL C – BASIC SEARCH (Candidate Dog.) The Candidate Level is the first step in the progression from puppy to a fully certified Level “A” WBR avalanche rescue team. Responsibility for determining Candidate Level status is given to each WBR member organization.
A Candidate Level dog should be able to consistently perform Phase I of a IV Phase progression. Phase I consists of:
At this level, the dog must demonstrate the basic behaviors necessary for a successful avalanche rescue K-9. These behaviors include a strong desire to dig in snow, energetic response to a positive reward (i.e. tug), proper social skills, and basic obedience.