A day in the life training an urban search and rescue dog: Halo update

Catch up with our hero dog Halo, to see how she spends her days training with the Miami Dade Fire Dept Urban Search and Rescue team


05:30-06:00: Wake up

06:15: Breakfast time! She’s a bit of a picky eater, so she takes her time.

06:30: Outside time for a bathroom break.

07:00 – 09:00: Playtime outside! She plays plenty of fetch and football to expend her energy and get her tired.

09:00–12:00: Kennel time. After playing she needs to calm down and relax in her kennel while her trainer, Cat, takes her son to school and runs her errands.

12:00–13:00: Time for training and obedience work at home.


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13:00–14:00: More play time – Halo loves to play with tennis balls, but she kept peeling all the fuzz off! So now she plays her favourite game with rubber balls. Playtime mostly takes place in the house because it’s far too hot outside!

14:00-16:30: On a training day, Cat takes Halo to the Miami Dade Fire Rescue training facility. Here they start with 30 minutes of agility. Cat says: “I’m also training her to be in her kennel. There are plenty of distractions, and she needs to learn that when we are on-site and she has to be in her kennel, she needs to relax and be quiet. She does pretty well, but the moment she likes to bark, especially when there’re other people working their dogs around! But she’s getting better. I’ll also get her running across the rubble piles. If there’s someone else from my team there I’ll try to do a few exercises with them. We try to stay there no more than two or three hours at a time because it’s brutally hot!”

17:00: Dinnertime


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17:30–18:30: Evening walk. Cat takes Halo all the way around her neighbourhood to get her used to as many different sights and sounds as possible. Halo also gets to run about the park.

18:30 – 21:00: Even more playtime. Halo could play all day!

21:30: Bedtime in her kennel. Halo sleeps throughout the night because she’s exhausted from all the playing, training and exercise during the day.


About the film:

Superpower Dogs is an epic family adventure film about extraordinary real-life canines including its star dog, Halo. Filmed in 3D and presented in association with the California Science Center, it will hit giant screen and IMAX theatres in Spring 2018.


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