Cancun, Q.R. – The beaches of Cancun will be the first in the country to have a rescue dog assist lifeguards with water rescues.
Nina, a female Belgian shepherd, has been training every day of her young life to familiarize herself with her environment and develop her lifesaving instinct.
She is the first water rescue dog in Mexico and is part of a project that has been successfully developed in other countries. The dog is drill-trained to assist with human drownings in circumstances where strong currents or submerged bodies are involved.
Nina is the first lifeguard dog in Mexico to be certified by the International Rescue Dog Organization (IRO), a world-wide organization that includes 116 rescue dog associations in 42 countries. The IRO is an umbrella association that provides the framework to help people who want to train with their dogs.
IRO certified dogs range in highly specialized rescue efforts from tracking search and rescue in major catastrophes to assistant lifeguards. They are taught to react quickly to problems and implement effective strategies.
Nina will be working with her specially trained owner on Cancun beaches.