To Find Missing Persons KYK9 Search Dogs:

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  • Follow unique scent of a missing person and ignore scent of other people.
  • Follow bike and car trails.
  • Search and clear homes and buildings.
  • ID a person hiding in a crowd.
  • Locate human remains on land or in water.
  • Find forensic evidence in criminal cases.
  • Search anytime, night or day.
  • Educate the public, law enforcement, and others on how search dogs can assist them.
Pocket trailing a person across acreek.

Pocket trailing a person across acreek.

Scent Specific Trailing Dogs

KYK9 teams use scent-specific trailing dogs.  The dogs are trained to follow the scent of a specific person to the exclusion of all others.  So, if Johnny is missing, when the dog follows and finds him with a group of other kids, the dog will indicate on Johnny, not the other people.

The likelihood of successfully locating a missing person decreases as time passes, so it is critical to respond in a quick and accurate manner. Scent specific search dogs depend on the professional collection of a scent article of the missing person. The sooner search dogs are called, the better chance of collecting a good scent article and having a positive outcome. 

Canine Search Teams

Every canine search team has a dog and its handler. The best teams train together: the dog and handler work as one. The dog has the nose and the handler has knowledge to help the dog perform its best in a variety of circumstances. Ideally, a team also has a flanker, or what KYK9 calls as SSF (Situational Safety Flanker). An SSF is critical member of the team and is in charge of safety, mapping and communications.