Imagine an avalanche rescue dog... what can you see?

If you see a St Bernard dog with a barrel of schnaps, you’ve been conditioned by movies and past stories. In fact, they are in action as rescue dogs to a limited extent. This is because other dog breeds are more agile and faster and do the job even better. Breeds such as Border Collies, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and even Spaniels are the dogs of choice for mountain rescue teams.

In Switzerland the Swiss Alpine Rescue (SAS) trains “avalanche dog units (LW)”. This training, which is divided into modules, is intended for active members of a rescue station living in the Alps or Pre-Alps. The dogs are between one and four years old. Information available from the heads of the dog sector of the regional SAS associations. For further information click here


Avalanche dogs
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Sledge dog

Are you looking for an unforgettable experience for your kids? 

Throughout the winter, you have the opportunity to take part in walks with our dogs in the gentle, dreamy winter landscape of Champex-Lac. Get to know our four-legged friends during a 45-minute walk, whilst admiring the splendid mountain scenery at the same time. Each outing is accompanied by two Saint Bernards, one is pulling a sledge. Children from 2 to 8 years old can sit in the sledge and be pulled along, one at a time. In addition, adults can take it in turns to hold a dog on a lead.

Meet the avalanche dogs of jackson hole in wyoming

These Patrol Dogs are the hardest working canines in the valley. Day in and day out they work alongside ski patrol practicing search and rescue techniques. More than just members of the patrol, these dogs are family members of the patrollers who take care of them. Their individual personalities run wild until playtime is over and work begins.

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