Air Scenting Dogs do not look for specific people but will look for anyone that is in the area. They do not discriminate different human scent.
Once they find a person they will return to their handler, indicate with a bark or by jumping up and take their handler back to the body and get a reward.
Trailing dogs are given an article of the missing persons clothing and will then hunt for a trail that matches that scent. They will indicate the trail to the handler and then they will follow the trail to the missing person.
Once they find the person they will indicate the find to the handler and to get a reward.
Most of our Dog Handlers are members of Mountain Rescue, Lowland Rescue or HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Teams. We do however accept applications from individuals who are not members of Search and Rescue Teams.
To find out more about becoming a SARDA Wales Dog Handler click here
SARDA Wales are very lucky to have a great team of people we call ‘Dogsbodies’. This fantastic group of individuals turn up at every training session to hide in fields, under caravans, boulders and various other locations until the dogs find them.
Dogsbodies must be patient, comfortable in the outdoors and most important of all – have a love for dogs! Our Dogsbodies have a key role to play in rewarding the dogs success in finding them.
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