Air Scenting Search Dogs

Air Scenting Search DogsAir Scenting Search Dogs search routes, paths and areas looking for human scent particles.

They do not discriminate scent e.g. they do not look for specific people but will look for anyone that is in the area.

Once the dog finds a missing person they will return to their handler and ‘indicate‘ with a bark or by jumping up at them. Then the dog will take their handler back to the missing person with a ‘show me‘ command.

On finding the missing person the handler ‘rewards‘ the dog with their favourite toy and/or food whilst heaping lots of praise on them.

It is this ‘game’ through years of training that drives the dog to find the missing person.


We do not currently have any qualified or training DVSD dogs in Kent but we can call upon those operating in other Associations.


 

The Life of an Air Scent Search Dog is depicted in Four Short Stories that appeared in the Mountain Rescue Magazine

These stars of these articles are search dog handler Heather Morning and search dog Millie.

Life of a Search Dog - Part 1 Life of a Search Dog - Part 2 Life of a Search Dog - Part 3 Life of a Search Dog - Part 4

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4