Dog Search Team
Dog search teams are a primary requirement for most searches; they are used to explore routes, paths, and large areas quickly as the dog can cover large areas more quickly than a Foot Search Team.
Typically a dog search team can do the equivalent work of 5-foot search teams. Therefore they are a major asset to most searches. All Dog Handlers in London SAR are training to be qualified to the Lowland Search Dog Standards.
Currently, all of the search dogs in London SAR are Air Scenting Search Dogs.
Lowland Rescue air-scenting search dogs are trained to national standards to find missing people. It takes over two years of training for most dogs to pass the strict assessment criteria which gives the maximum probability that they will find a vulnerable person in a particular search area. The process of training a dog is one which requires full commitment from their handler.
Unlike Police dogs, Lowland Rescue search dogs are all pets first and are then trained as search dogs by their owners (who must be experienced Lowland Rescue team members).
All Lowland Rescue dog handlers are professional volunteers who are not paid for their time, fuel or personal equipment. Our dogs can work in any environment, from farmland to woodland, and they use their incredible sense of smell to detect and then home in on any person in their area.
Our air-scenting dogs will find anyone in an area; their reward is usually a game of ball, chew on their favorite toy or a tasty favored treat.
All Dog Handlers are required, as a minimum, to be a qualified Search Technician and recommended to be a qualified Team Leader to Lowland Rescue national standards.