Lowland Rescue Search Dogs
Lowland Rescue air-scenting search dogs and their handlers are trained to national standards to find missing people.
It takes over 2 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 given search area.
Air 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. Search 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.
Scent Specific Trailing Search Dogs follow a scent trail looking for / following human scent particles.
These search dogs do discriminate scent e.g. they are given an article of the missing persons clothing and will then hunt for a trail that matches that scent.
Once the dog finds the scent they will ‘indicate‘ the trail to the handler and then they will follow the trail to the missing person.
On finding the missing person the dog will ‘indicate‘ the find to the handler who then ‘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.