Trailing Dogs – Leading the Way

NSARDA Trailing Dog Mij and Handler Iain Nicholson featured in a series of articles in Mountain Rescue

SARDA (Wales) were the first association to train trailing dogs, and have enjoyed a great deal of success. Handlers of trailing dogs often work alongside those with air-scenting dogs, which has proven successful. Trailing dogs in their own right have made finds in mountain and urban/rural environments, and are proving invaluable in many searches within mountain rescue. Trailing differs from the open area search dog work in that the dog works on a line attached to a harness during the trail. This gives the handler control over the dog. To get the scent of the missing person, the dog needs a scent article from that person to allow it to discriminate that person from everyone else. Once the dog has the scent, it will seek it out, working on or off the line.

SARDA (Wales) were the first association to train trailing dogs, and have enjoyed a great deal of success.

Handlers of trailing dogs often work alongside those with air-scenting dogs, which has proven successful.

Trailing dogs in their own right have made finds in mountain and urban/rural environments, and are proving invaluable in many searches within mountain rescue.

Trailing differs from the open area search dog work in that the dog works on a line attached to a harness during the trail. This gives the handler control over the dog. To get the scent of the missing person, the dog needs a scent article from that person to allow it to discriminate that person from everyone else. Once the dog has the scent, it will seek it out, working on or off the line.

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