Brenda Woolley and her dog Luna
Urban Search and Rescue’s lead dog trainer, Brenda Woolley talks about her 17 years of training dogs to step up in dangerous and chaotic situations – including in the aftermath of the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Her lifelong ability to build rapport with dogs, and spot which ones have potential to do the tough jobs, led to Brenda working in animal control for the Christchurch City Council – she and her husband Rex have run the Council’s dog shelter for 29 years – before she got into Land Search and Rescue and later, Urban SAR. She has a QSM for services to Urban Search and Rescue.
If you think your dog fits the requirements Brenda outlines in this interview, and you're keen to register your interest with Urban Search and Rescue, you can visit the team's website.