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Family Protection takes the form of Man’s Best Friend?
By Marcia Banes
 

Ask any parent what comes first in their lives and most will say it is the safety of their family, and living in Costa Rica that can be an even a higher concern because of the added dangers that living in the jungle present. However, some local families and individuals are discovering their peace of mind for protection comes in the form of man’s best friend.

Ten year Nosara resident, Brandon Richardson, trains dogs in the areas of protection, tracking, and obedience and helps place the dogs with families and individuals who want to take control of their personal security. Originally from Islamorada, Florida, Richardson began training dogs 9 years ago in Nosara with the purchase and training of his first personal protection dog. Brandon has trained extensively with the Baden K9 in Canada, one of best companies in the working dog world and now owns his own company, Latigo K9, which he started 2 years ago.

When we asked Richardson about how training effects the dogs stress level, he answered, “All of our training is stressful for both the dogs and owners. If you wake to someone in your house, it is a stressful situation. Not everyone can do the same thing under tense situations.

You have to train to learn how you are going to react, and the dogs are the same way. We have to build their confidence and that of their owner by making them a team and putting them through stressful situations and then teaching them the correct way to act in a given situation.”

But not everyone thinks that these dogs are safe. Some think they might become animal weapons. Richardson responds that “Every dog is a reflection of his handler. Neurotic people could potentially have neurotic dogs. A fully trained dog is indeed a weapon. A weapon that can tell the difference between good and evil and one that if sent to attack, can be called back before damage is done, unlike a gun or an email.”

Brandon Nappy, local business owner in Guiones, owns two Dutch shepherds trained by Latigo K9 mostly in “Handler Lost” situations where the dog is sent to track himself, his wife or his daughter specifically. However, his dogs are also trained to attack an aggressor very effectively. When asked whether or not he’d ever felt a lack of control over his dog he answered, “They are trained for protection work and this includes some very aggressive training that could spark concern amongst folks that are not privy to the information that the owners of these dogs are. I trust both of my dogs more than I trust most of my friends. I have never been the least bit concerned about the control of my dogs around my daughter. They are a part of the family.”

For more info visit www.latigoK9.com

 

More Regional News

"My dream is to begin an art movement” says artist Fernando Matamoros

Nosara – During the month of August Fernando Matamoros, a well-known professional artist, will teach a course in Tradicinal Costa Rican painting. The course will be held at the Fucan and will entail eight classes of two hour each of them. The price for the classes is $120 and all materials will be supplied. More >

New Cell Phone Tower – Pros and Cons for Nosara

On Tuesday, June 8th, ICE installed a new telecommunications tower providing coverage across a circumference of 3 kilometers from its base on Las Huacas mountain overlooking Playa Guiones, expanding 3G service from as far as Barco Quebrado to Downtown Nosara.

For the first time, mobile phone service is available to many areas, including in Guiones and Pelada, but those with phones using older technology will have to upgrade. More >

New location for Samara police building remains uncertain

Nicoya Mayor Eduardo Gutierrez met with members of CASATUR and the Integral Development Association in Sámara on June 22nd, during which time “various points regarding the situation in Sámara were taken in to account”, however “there are still many things that are not well defined” Carolina Alvarez C. tells VON. More >

Interview with Eliécer Rojas Flores, Rojas Castro Manager – “The pricing system was made by people sitting at desks.”

Eliécer Rojas, mechanical engineer for 30 years and soon-to-be first time father, assumed the general management of Rojas Castro Shipping Company, better known as Traroc, in January of 2010. A kind and open character, he was happy to respond to users’ complaints in the public meeting held in Samara on June 8th, and he also commented on the irregularities of buses that travel to Nosara. More >

Nosara Buses Might be Failing to Comply with the MOPT’s Regulations

According to the Manual Operativo (Operations Manual) of the Consejo de Transporte Público (CTP), the buses that provide service to Nosara should be medium-sized, long-distance units and not urban or city units, like the ones that are currently coming into town. More >

Reprimand for Local Buses“We have to use umbrellas so we don’t get wet inside the bus” according to Samara Passengers.

•The company’s manager feels ashamed and threatens to fire bus drivers that mistreat passengers

During the public hearing called by ARESEP, which was held on June 8th in Samara, several bus passengers declared their opposition to a raise in the bus fares. Teresa Arriaga explained that the service provided is not accessible for the handicapped, that the buses are filthy and that their tires are dangerously worn out. More >

Nosara’s urban roads will receive maintenance – Bad Weather has Restricted the Arrival of Machinery

The strong rains at the end of May destroyed Nosara’s main roads but, according to the Mayor of Nicoya, Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez Rosales, the Municipalidad is already working on their repair and maintenance. He mentioned that the Los Arenales area has already been inspected and that, according to this year’s budget, ¢800,000 colones will be assigned to it. More >

Father’s Day Murder-Suicide Shakes Quiet Community of Las Delicias

The people of Las Delicias are mourning the loss of two of young people who grew up together in the small village tucked behind Garza Beach, after an ongoing quarrel between them that ended in a harrowing murder-suicide on Sunday, June 20th, 2010. More >

 

 

 

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