25 Facts About Search And Rescue Dogs You’ll Want To Know

Search and rescue dogs are awesome because when disaster strikes, they don’t hesitate to risk their lives for the sake of others. Special training makes search and rescue dogs valuable assets in rescue efforts such as wilderness tracking and locating missing people resulting in thousands of human lives being saved every year. These adorable heroes deserve some attention and we’re going to give it to them. These are 25 Facts About Search And Rescue Dogs You’ll Want To Know.

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Search and rescue (SAR) dogs find people through detecting their scent. Although the exact processes are still unknown, it may include skin rafts (scent-carrying skin cells), evaporated perspiration, respiratory gases, or decomposition gases released by bacterial action on human skin or tissues.

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SAR dogs can be classified broadly as either air-scenting dogs or trailing dogs. Air-scenting dogs usually work off-lead and use airborne human scent, while trailing dogs are typically on lead and use their nose to follow ground disturbances.

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Recruited from both animal shelters and breeders, SAR dogs are chosen mainly for an unusually strong "prey-drive," their determination to find a hidden toy.

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Depending on atmospheric conditions, a well-trained air-scenting dog can detect scent sources from a distance of up to 1/4 mile (400 m) or even more.

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The Search Dog Foundation estimates it costs about $30,000 to train a SAR dog.

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