7The Midas TouchThe Need for Recognition

A prince should be slow to punish and quick to reward.


If you find yourself buried beneath rubble during an earthquake or under three feet of snow after an avalanche, you had better hope that the search and rescue dog looking for you is highly motivated. Search and rescue (SAR) dogs need about 600 hours of training before they are ready to work in the field, and not just any dog is cut out for the job. Among other traits, such as obedience and focus, a good candidate to become a SAR dog is one that possesses a strong drive to hunt for a tossed toy and has a strong desire to please.

While lying trapped beneath three feet of rubble, imagine your joy when you hear the muffled barking of a SAR dog above ...

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