According to NBC News, early this morning a young woman was reportedly adducted in Chicago, driven to Schaumburg and evidently released near a hotel just west of the Woodfield Mall. The police were contacted by OnStar that alerted them that a woman in her mid-twenties needed assistance at Higgins and Plum Grove near the Hilton Garden Inn. She stated that she had been carjacked while in Chicago. The man that abducted her was described as a tall black male wearing a dark baseball cap.
Two canine police units and officers from Schaumburg, Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates searched for the suspect in the region of Golf Road to the north, Higgins to the south, Meacham Road to the east and Plum Grove Road to the west. The car was later located but the suspect was not on board.
Do you ever wonder where the dogs that do these searches come from? Many are trained right here in the direct area at the German Shepherd Dog Training located at 4925 County Farm Road in Hanover Park, Illinois.
This organization is a private company that offers a wide range of dog training instruction ranging from agility, conformation, obedience and specifically for today’s type of need, tracking. They have annual events in calendar form for those with young dogs to consider. Only AKC registered German Shepherds are allowed club membership but their training courses are open to all breeds and even mixed breed dogs and their owners.
One gentleman in the area currently has his puppy enrolled in the tracking training class. It is his intention to be available with his canine to lend a hand to search units when an individual comes up missing or they are searching for a suspect (as in this abduction situation today) or for grid searches in case foul play is suspected.
Diane is the individual to contact if you want to enroll your puppy in the program. The club conducts a spring and a fall TD/TDX combined test and a VST. The tracking lessons are not formal; however the club has many tracking enthusiasts and teachers that work in conjunction with one-another on an informal basis.
If enough pups are trained, the better the resources will be in Illinois. These resources will be able to assist with police and detective units that can no longer afford their own canine units. These dogs are indispensable.
If you have a pup that you would like to get involved in the tracking training process, contact Diane at the German Shepherd Dog Training center. You could get involved like the tracking dogs did today in the news.