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1 Authored by John W. Desmarais 18-Dec-1998 Modified by Lt Colonel Fred Blundell TX-129 Fort Worth Senior Squadron For Local Training Rev 5.0 02-Jan-2014.

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1 1 Authored by John W. Desmarais 18-Dec-1998 Modified by Lt Colonel Fred Blundell TX-129 Fort Worth Senior Squadron For Local Training Rev Jan-2014

2 2 This Training Slide Show is a project undertaken by Lt Colonel Fred Blundell of the TX-129 Fort Worth Senior Squadron, Fort Worth, TX for local use to assist those CAP Members interested in advancing their skills. The information contained herein is for CAP Member’s personal use and is not intended to replace or be a substitute for any of the CAP National Training Programs. Users should review the presentation’s Revision Number at the end of each file name to ensure that they have the most current publication.

3 3 Three Categories ► ► Air-scenting ► ► Tracking ► ► Trailing

4 4 Air-Scenting Dogs ► ► Typically specialized   Underwater   Avalanche   Cadaver   Drug   Weapons Searches

5 5 Air-Scenting Dogs (Continued) ► These dogs are deployed downwind of the search area and are trained to detect human scents traveling on the wind ► Can work in a tracking or trailing mode ► Usually the preferred canine resource

6 6 Tracking Dogs ► Trained to follow a specific scent  An article is held under the dog’s nose until he gets the scent ► Don’t contaminate the article  Can be confused ► Additional scents masking the target scent ► Broken track  Use early to avoid searching after the scent has faded or other searchers have been in the area

7 7 Trailing Dogs ► Similar to tracking dogs, but picks up scent in air in addition to the original track ► Follows the trail of dead skin cells left when a person brushes up against objects or simply fall off the body naturally

8 8 Why do search managers use Canine SAR Teams? ► Greater Probability of Detection (POD)  50 to 80% POD on first search ► Less manpower intensive ► Often readily available through local law enforcement early in the search

9 9 Five rules for working with Dog Teams ► Coordinate your team’s actions with the dog handler ► Clear the upwind search are of any personnel and stay downwind of the dog and handler at all times ► Keep a good distance behind the dog and handler and allow them to work unimpeded

10 10 Five rules for working with Dog Teams (Continued) ► When in doubt, follow handler’s instructions ► Unless specifically requested keep all resources away from dog teams in the field  Vehicle exhaust deadens the scent and sense of smell of the dog  Not all SAR dogs can be considered friendly or as pets  Don’t feed them - handlers often have special diets for their dogs, and you could harm them

11 11 QUESTIONS? Always Think Safety!


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