Jackson Hole has a new puppy, and he is a potential candidate training as a avalanche rescue dog for the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol. Tater is an 8-week-old Golden Retriever that just showed up in Jackson two days ago. His full name is, Sir Tater Tot of the Tetons. Here he is experiencing snow for the first time.
Becoming a certified avalanche dog takes years of training and the right dog. Tater definitely has a disposition to learn, plus who wouldn’t want to be found by something this cute?
Tater’s owner, Bob, is a veteran ski patrolled, and Bob is learning along with Tater to become an avalanche dog handler. Tater’s mom was 50 pounds and dad weighed in at 60 pounds. It’s advantageous for an avalanche dog to not be too large in stature for many reasons. Here Bob demonstrates one of the ways to transport an avalanche dog while skiing.
As a puppy Bob and Tater are working on creating a strong bond. In two days, Tater already comes to Bob’s call. He’s especially zealous and comes running.
He can even corner on his first day on snow.
Check back to jacksonhole.com for updates on Tater growing up in Jackson Hole.