A K9 Handler's greatest tools are her trained dogs and her ability to understand what they are telling
her. There is no better tool to confirm that a sighting was in fact your dog or to alert that your dog has been picked
up in a car.
I have worked scent specific tracking dogs
for 20 years but every time I step behind a dog to search, I feel that same exhilaration and awe at what well
trained and motivated dogs are capable of.
you are considering hiring a tracking dog team, please understand that not all K9 Handlers or Tracking dogs are
created equal. I will go on further to say that the training of tracking and scent dogs varies from professional and
effective to downright riducules. Many pet detectives, MAR technicians, search and rescue handlers and other dog experts are not
necessarily capable of performing a search and investigation for a missing dog . Because someone has a web site
that says they have a search dog does not necessarily mean that this is true. You might be surprised to learn that
most of the individuals advertising on the internet have never been in Search and Rescue nor have they ever handled,
trained or worked a dog for that purpose. The term search dog is used today on a carte blanche basis for anyone
who chooses to get a dog and put a search vest on. Be very careful or you may end up being very discouraged as have others
who have hired inexperienced K9 handlers to help in their search only to find out that the handler and dog
had limited experience both in the art of tracking and at working a missing dog crisis.